Hardik Pandya’s Maiden Five-Wicket Haul Dismantles England At Trent Bridge

Hardik Pandya broke the back of the England batting line-up to claim his maiden five-wicket haul on the second day of the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday. Pandya became the second fastest Indian to take a five-wicket haul when he took just 29 balls as the hosts were bundled out for 161 in their first innings. Harbhajan Singh is the only other bowler to take five wickets in fewer balls for India than Hardik Pandya’s 29 balls on Sunday.

Pandya produced an inspired spell of bowling to record his best figures in Test cricket.

Pandya took five for 28 runs in six overs, including a stunning spell of four for eight in 11 balls, as he revelled in the swing-friendly conditions.

Before the third Test, Pandya’s position in the India team came under scrutiny, but, on the second day at Trent Bridge, he produced a spell to remember.

Michael Holding had come out and questioned Hardik Pandya’s place in the Indian team. He had said that Pandya is not yet the all-rounder India wants him to be, because he is ineffective as a bowler and also not scoring enough runs with the bat.

Incidentally, Pandya was the second highest run-scorer in the Indian side after the first two Test matches of the five-match series.

As far as the match is concerned, England only narrowly avoided the follow-on total of 130 but India had strengthened their grip on the game as they looked to recover from 2-0 down in the five-match series.   

It was the second time this year that England had been dismissed inside a session of Test cricket following their humiliating 58 all out against New Zealand in Auckland in March.

The irony was that England had enjoyed a solid opening stand to be 54 without loss.

But the exit of left-handers Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) on that total sparked a collapse that saw eight wickets lost for 74 runs.

Only Jos Buttler’s 39 briefly kept India at bay.

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Bajrang Punia Gives India First Gold, Sushil Kumar Makes Shock Exit

Bajrang gave India the first gold of the Games in Jakarta but the country’s first medal came 600 kilometers away in Palembang, where the mixed rifle team of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar faltered towards the end to settle for bronze. Like wrestling, shooting was also a mixed bag as the bronze came after teen sensation Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify for the pistol mixed team finals against expectations.

The hockey turf in Jakarta also produced a brilliant result for India with the women’s team, which won a bronze in 2014, hammering hosts Indonesia 8-0 for a rousing start. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur was the star of the show with a hat-trick.

But the day well and truly belonged to Bajrang, who came into the Games after winning three tournaments — the Commonwealth Games, the Tbilisi Grand Prix, and the Yasar Dogu International. He was simply sensational and produced a performance which had been expected of him in the build-up to the Games. Such was his domination that the 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, until the final, by technical superiority.

He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.

In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle. With this stellar feat, Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won gold in the last edition. Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are the other wrestlers who form India’s golden club at Asiad.

“There are very few gold for Indian wrestlers in Asiad. So it is a big achievement for me. Only Yogeshwar and Rajinder Singh have won two gold medals in a year (CWG and Asiad), I am only the third to do it, so naturally, I am feeling proud of myself,” the 24-year-old said.

Another name that was set to be on this list was of Sushil but the double Olympic medallist could not produce the big-event show he is famous for. However, he was graceful in defeat.

“I did not expect this. The 57kg World Champion was sitting beside me, he said ‘I lost’. I told him don’t worry, I have also lost. It is part of sport and I will come back again. We can’t be overwhelmed by defeats or victories, it won’t lead you anywhere,” said Sushil.

A gold was also expected from the Jakabaring Shooting Range in Palembang, where the Indians were in contention in two events, but the contingent had to be content with a mixed team rifle bronze.

The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.

It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will be aiming for a better colour medal in the 10m air rifle tomorrow. World Cup bronze medallist Kumar, who is mentored by the great Abhinav Bindra, had won a men’s 10m rifle team bronze at last the edition at Incheon.

There were no more medals on the opening day but they were certainly some promising results.

Indian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj finished creditable fifth and seventh respectively in the men’s 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke events.

In rowing, medal hopes were raised after Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh topped Heat 2 in men’s doubles sculls while Dattu Baban Bhokanal was second in Heat 1 of singles sculls. It was a lean day in tennis with most Indians getting first-round byes. There was one match in the mixed doubles and last-minute formed pairing of Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan did well to clear the opening hurdle.

The Indian badminton team, led by Kidambi Srikanth, made a resounding start to its campaign, thrashing minnows Maldives 3-0 in the opening match of the team competition.

World No 8. Srikanth brushed aside Maldives’ Hussein Zayan Shaheed Zaki 21-4 21-5 to give India a 1-0 lead. World No. 11 H S Prannoy then outclassed Mohamed Sarim 21-8 21-6. B Sai Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open, then ended the challenge of Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed with a 21-7 21-8 demolition as India wrapped up the contest 3-0.

In Kabaddi, which has been India’s ‘gold mine’ at Asian Games, both teams made a winning start. The men’s team outclassed Sri Lanka after opening its campaign with a win over Bangladesh, while the women’s team pulled off a dominating win over Japan in its opener.

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Amarinder Singh Lashes Out At Navjot Sidhu, Says Everyday Our Jawans Are Shot

“It was wrong of him to have shown affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief,” Amarinder Singh said.

New Delhi: 

Navjot Singh Sidhu’s hug for Pakistan army chief has been censured not only by the BJP but also his boss, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. A former captain in the Indian Army, Amarinder Singh made it clear that he deeply disapproved such a display of affection towards the chief of Pakistan army.

Mr Sidhu – the only one of the three former cricketers to accept Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s invitation on his oath ceremony – has been at the receiving end of severe criticism after he was seen sitting next to Pakistan’s top leaders, and later hugging General General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The cricketer-turned politician had countered, indicating that he was wrong footed by the General.

“If someone (Pak Army Chief General Bajwa) comes to me and says that we belong to the same culture and we will open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?” said the Punjab minister, who returned from Pakistan through the Wagah border this afternoon.

One of the holiest shrines of Sikhs, believed to be the resting place of Guru Nanak, the Gurdwara is just three km from the border. But Pakistan closed it to Indians after army’s surgical strikes against terror camps across the Line of Control.

The Captain, however, was not having any of it. “Every day our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa… I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed. My own regiment lost one Major and two jawans a few months ago and everyday somebody is being shot,” Mr Singh said.

He said while the seating arrangement was not in the hands of Mr Sidhu, “It was wrong of him to have shown affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief“.

Narrating the sequence of events to NDTV, Mr Sidhu had said the three services chiefs of Pakistan had introduced themselves to the guests and the conversation with General Bajwa had started with small talk.

He went on to say that Pakistan wanted peace – statements, which New Delhi contends, fly in the face of its intelligence agency ISI’s support to terrorists. The General then followed it up with the promise to open the corridor to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur. “It was a dream come true,” Mr Sidhu had told NDTV.

The BJP had launched a scathing attack on Mr Sidhu even before he reached India.

“Mr Sidhu is not an ordinary man but a minister in the Punjab government. And every Indian has taken this issue very seriously,” BJP’s Sambit Patra had said, questioning whether Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will suspend him.

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Bajrang Punia Wins Gold In Men’s 65kg Freestyle Wrestling

He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.

In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but Bajrang held his nerves to prevail 11-8 in an exciting battle. He raced to a 6-0 lead but the Japanese kept at it and put Bajrang under immense pressure.    Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who won gold in the last edition and is now one of the few Asiad gold medal winners in wrestling.

Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are among Asiad gold winners from India. A lot was expected from all five wrestlers in action but Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pawan Kumar (86kg) faded out early. Pawan got a chance to redeem his campaign but lost his repechage round by technical superiority (0-11) to local boy Fahriansyah.

The biggest blow though came when two-time Olympic medallist Sushil, who was exempted from Asiad trails, lost tamely. Sushil, winner of a bronze at the 2006 Doha edition, was competing at the Games after skipping the last two editions. The Indian led 2-1 after the first period with a takedown but the Bahraini made a strong comeback to silence the Indian fans.

Sushil himself was surprised with his defeat.

“I did not expect this. I did not have any big competition under my belt and that was the main reason for my defeat. But it’s part of the sport. I will train harder and come back,” said Sushil.

“I was not passive. I tried. It was just that there was not much time between CWG and Asian Games, so I could not compete at bigger and better events to prepare.”

The London Olympics silver medallist created two opportunities to score in the second period but could not convert them while Batirov did not miss his chances. He led 3-2 with a takedown and then pushed the Indian out for a win. For Sushil to remain in the medal contention, Batirov needed to make the final. But the Bahraini lost his quarterfinal bout 2-8 to Japan’s Yuhi Fujinami, resulting to Sushil’s exit. Sandeep Tomar, who was the last wrestler to book a berth for the Games through trials, showed immense promise before crashing out in the quarterfinals.

He won his second round 12-8 against Turkmenistan’s Rustem Nazarov but was outwitted 9-15 by Iran’s Reza Atrinagharchi. Tomar put up a brave fight and was locked 6-6 with his tactically superior Iranian rival. In the second period, though, Reza just ran away with the bout with his big-scoring moves. The Iranian later lost his semifinal bout, which resulted to Tomar crashing out.

Khatri was outplayed 0-8 in the 97kg by Uzbekistan’s Magomed Ibragimo. Khatri remained passive throughout the bout and never made any attacking move. In the 86kg, Pawan Kumar made a rousing start by blanking Heng Vuthy of Cambodia 8-0 but later lost to reigning world champion Hassan Yazdani Charati of Iran by Technical Superiority. Yazdabi is the gold medallist at Rio Olympics, apart from winning three World Cup gold medals.

(With PTI Inputs)

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Meet The Woman Who Leads India’s Manned Mission To Space Bengaluru

Dr Lalithambika has spent three decades at ISRO.


When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s first human space flights mission on a rocket built by ISRO on Independence Day last week, a widely-appreciated clause was his promise that it could be a “son or a daughter” who would take the Indian flag to outer space. At the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO, a part of PM Modi’s promise has already been kept. The space agency has deputed Dr VR Lalithambika, an experienced engineer, to head the astronaut program.

A skilled taskmaster, control systems engineer Dr Lalithambika has spent three decades at ISRO and has been tasked to send an Indian astronaut in space by 2022.

She has worked on all Indian rockets Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and indigenous space shuttle. The 56-year-old studied in Kerala and has two children.

ISRO Chief Dr K Sivan said, “At ISRO, we choose people to head programs based on competence and Dr Lalithambika has the right set of skillsets to lead the human space program.”

Other colleagues at ISRO endorsed Dr Lalthambika’s leadership qualities.

It may well be that on the first flight into space from Sriharikota, India may use its highly-skilled test pilots from the Indian Air Force.

The only Indian citizen to have flown into space is Wing Commander (Retd) Rakesh Sharma who flew into space in 1984 on a Russian mission. Since then, two women of Indian origin but American citizens Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams have also flown into space.

Indian women engineers have a glowing past in India’s rocket programmes. It was India’s “Agniputri” Tessy Thomas who ably led the Agni-4 and Agni 5 missile programmes. Dr Shashikala Sinha headed the program to secure India from incoming ballistic missiles. Both work at the Defenece Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). In addition, the seniormost official at DRDO, Dr J Manjula, an avionics expert, is tipped to head the DRDO next.

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To Tackle Bad Loans, Parliamentary Panel Seeks Raghuram Rajan’s Advice

Raghuram Rajan served as Reserve Bank of India Governor for three years. (File)

New Delhi: 

A parliamentary committee looking into the issue of mounting non-performing assets (NPAs) has asked former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan to appear before it and brief on the matter.

Mr Rajan was invited after former Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian praised him before the Parliament’s Committee on Estimates, headed by veteran BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi, for identifying the NPA crisis and trying to resolve it.

Mr Joshi has written a letter to Mr Rajan asking to appear before the panel and brief the members on the issue of mounting NPAs, a source said.

Mr Rajan, who was RBI governor for three years till September 2016, is currently the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth School of Business.

The letter has been written to Mr Rajan after Mr Subramanian credited him for identifying the problem, the source said.

Mr Subramanian appeared before the panel last month as CEA and briefed it on the bad loans issue. During his submission, he expressed scepticism over the handling of the NPAs and indicated that big-ticket loans by public sector banks were influenced.

However, he did not elaborate who and how the approvals were influenced. Mr Subramanian also said there was an environment of fear among the bankers and they were reluctant to lend, besides retail lending.

The panel has already questioned senior finance ministry officials, including Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and top brass of banks, about rising bad loans.

Members of the panel also demanded various documents including minutes of the board meetings of the public sector banks, in which high-ticket value loans were approved.

The banking sector is grappling rising non-performing assets, which touched Rs 8.99 trillion or 10.11 per cent of the total advances at December-end 2017.

Of the gross NPAs, the public sector banks accounted for Rs 7.77 trillion.

The rising number of banking frauds has also become a serious cause of concern.

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In Deepika Padukone’s Throwback Photo, Can You Guess The Actor Posing For The Camera?

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On World Photography Day, Deepika Padukone shared a throwback photo from the sets of her film Tamasha and guess, who else features in the pic? It is Ranbir Kapoor, who was also part of the Imtiaz Ali-directed film. Deepika shared a post on Instagram where she can be seen clicking a photo of Ranbir Kapoor, who appears to be posing from a far-off cliff. The photo has been shot in the picturesque location of Corsica where a part of Tamasha was filmed. Deepika captioned the photo: “Capturing Moments.’ Needless to say, within few hours of surfacing on Instagram, the photo has over 10 lakh likes. The photo has been liked by Arjun Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez. Designer Anita Shroff Adjania left a comment on the photo, which read: “Lovely moment, our Tamasha.”

The comments section has been flooded with comments like, “This sequence was so beautiful,” “The best film I have ever seen,” and “Tara (Deepika’s name in the film) looking amazing.” Take a look at Deepika’s Instagram post here.



The Imtiaz Ali-directed Tamasha released in 2015. The film opened to mix reviews but failed to do remarkable business at the box office. Tamasha was Deepika and Ranbir’s third collaboration. Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor have also co-starred in films like as Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani .

In April, Deepika and Ranbir also walked the ramp for Shabana Azmi’s Walk Of Mijwan Fashion Show. Manish Malhotra had designed their outfits for the event.

On the work front, Ranbir Kapoor was recently seen in Rajkumar Hirani-directed film Sanju, which was appreciated by audience and the critics. The 35-year-old actor is currently shooting for Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra, which is a fantasy trilogy. Deepika Padukone, was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat“.

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Lost In Desert, Motorcycle Racer From Kerala Dies Of Thirst In Rajasthan

The biker apparently lost his way while exploring the surroundings of Jaisalmer, say officials.


A biker, part of a motorcycle adventure rally, was found dead in Rajasthan after he apparently lost his way while exploring the surroundings of Jaisalmer, officials said on Saturday.

Asbak Mon, 34, originally from Kerala, was keen to participate in the “India Baja” off-road rally which was to be flagged off on Saturday.

On Friday morning, he was found dead. His bike was lying on ground beside him at Shahgarh Bulj area, around 200 km from Jaisalmer, and his water bottle was empty.

The post-mortem examination report stated that the biker had died of dehydration, said Superintendent of Police Jagdish Chandra Sharma.

His body was handed over to his wife and father-in-law.

Speaking to IANS, the police officer said Asbak Mon had travelled all the way from Bengaluru to participate in the two-day adventure event.

He hailed from Kerala’s Kannur district but was residing in Bengaluru where he was working with a private firm.

He went out on his own to explore the city and surroundings on Thursday. In fact, he was yet to register with the race.

“When he did not return, we collaborated with police and sent our parties to search for him,” said one of the organisers of the race, on the condition of anonymity.

Prime facie, it seems that Asbak Mon had lost his way while the other members who also visited the locale returned. It seems he was exhausted with water he had and hence feeling dehydrated, he had fallen from his bike and later did not wake up as there was no water left in his body, the police officer said.

A case of doubtful death has been registered in this context and investigations have started after the post-mortem report came.

“We shall inquire the organisers, his colleagues and teams as our next point of action,” said Mr Sharma.

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Jio GigaFiber Registrations, Xiaomi Poco F1 Leaks, Mi A2 Sale, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 India Launch Date, and More News This Week

Jio GigaFIber registrations opened this week, Xiaomi Mi A2 went on sale for the first time in India, and Redmi Note 5 Pro finally went on open sale, among other news, in yet another busy week in the world of technology. To start off with the biggest newsmaker, the Jio GigaFiber registrations opened up as scheduled, on August 15. For now, users can only express their interest in the broadband service, and areas with the most interest will get priority in the official rollout later this year. While the company has not revealed any Jio GigaFiber plans officially, but details of the alleged preview offer have leaked online. This leak suggests the preview offer will last 3 months provide users 100GB data at 100Mbps, with users getting ‘Data Top-Ups’ that take their monthly data limit up to 1.1TB. Users will have to pay a sum of Rs. 4,500 to avail the Optical Network Terminal, Jio GigaTV and smart home solutions, which will be refunded if the user decides to terminate the connection.

Airtel, of course, responded to the Jio GigaFiber broadband registrations by bolstering its own broadband service. The operator is now providing users home broadband plans with no FUP limit across several cities, such as Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Chandigarh etc — before this, the truly unlimited broadband was only available in Hyderabad. However, while the old FUP limits are not in place anymore, the company still has a limit on how much data consumers can use in a month — 3.3TB. Separately, Airtel is giving its prepaid users Amazon Pay balance worth Rs. 51 on recharges of Rs. 100 and above; similarly, postpaid subscribers get the same balance for using any myInfinity plan.

Jio Phone 2 went on sale for the first time in India on August 16, a day after its scheduled first sale. The Jio Phone 2 flash sale was, predictably, rather short as the handset went out of stock within minutes of becoming available for purchase. Buyers had to pay the full Jio Phone 2 price in India of Rs. 2,999 to purchase the device. The next flash sale for the model will be held on August 30, again only on Jio.com. Lastly on the Jio front, those waiting for WhatsApp and YouTube apps on the Jio Phone platform will have to wait a little longer as the two apps’ rollout will happen in batches. While the company had announced that WhatsApp will not be coming to the platform on August 15 to most users, it was a surprise that even YouTube was delayed for a majority.


Xiaomi Poco F1 was in the news as the company confirmed the handset will be launched in India on August 22 and will be a Flipkart exclusive in the country. The smartphone was spotted on Geekbench, showing the handset will have Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, and Android 8.1 Oreo. Previous leaks say the Xiaomi Poco F1 will have a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display, IR Face Unlock, 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup, 2-megapixel selfie camera, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB storage and 128GB storage options.

Redmi Note 5 Pro finally went on open sale in India, about half a year after it first became available for purchase in the country. Both the 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants of the Redmi Note 5 Pro are now up for purchase via Mi.com and Flipkart, though not all colour options are available.

Xiaomi Mi A2 went on sale for the first time in India this week, bringing its second Android One phone to the country. Only the 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant of the handset was available for purchase in the first sale, with the Mi A2 price in India set at Rs. 16,999. It comes with a launch offer giving users cashback of Rs. 2,200 and 4.5TB of complimentary data. There is no word on when the 6GB RAM and 256GB storage option will go on sale in the Indian market. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review) also received its first software update, which brought 60fps video recording as well as the August Android security patch

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Also this week, XIaomi launched a new variant of its premium Mi 8 smartphone, this one featuring 8GB of RAM. This model has 256GB of internal storage, while the rest of the specifications remain the same as those of the previously released variants. As for the price, Mi 8 8GB variant costs CNY 3,299 (about Rs. 33,500) and is already on sale in China.

The company also unveiled the Mi Pad 4 Plus tablet, featuring a 10.1-inch display with 1920×1200-pixel resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. Key features of the new Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus include Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and an 8,620mAh battery. It costs CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 19,300) for 64GB variant and CNY 2,099 (around Rs. 21,300) for the 128GB model.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 India launch event will be held on August 22, and Gadgets 360 has learnt the event will be attended by DJ Koh, President and CEO of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Communications Division. Earlier this week, Koh also said the handset’s 4,000mAh battery is completely safe, showing the shadow of the the exploding battery of 2016’s Galaxy Note 7 and its worldwide recall still haunts the company.


The handset also received its first software update ahead of its release; this update brings the August 2018 Android security patch and a toggle for super slow-motion recording mode, one of the highlights of the phone’s rear camera. Separately, Koh has confirmed the first Samsung phone with 5G support will not be the Galaxy S10, even though the next year’s flagship will be supporting 5G. This means another Samsung smartphone with 5G will be launched before the rumoured March 2019 launch of the Galaxy S10, likely the long-awaited foldable smartphone or the Galaxy A series models. In a good piece of news for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is that DisplayMate has rated its display as the best on a smartphone yet and earned the A+ grade, with praises showered on the brightness, colour accuracy, and viewing angles.

Online consumer rental platform RentoMojo is now giving users the option to rent a smartphone for as long as two years. It also offers the option to own the device after two years of renting. So, consumers will have to pay Rs. 4,299 for 24 months to get the iPhone X for the maximum duration, while it will cost a monthly payment of Rs. 9,299 for a 6-month rental. Other handsets on offer include Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8, among others.

Google is under fire after a report this week claimed Google Maps tracks its users’ location even after they have turned off location tracking. This location tracking without consent affects both Android and iOS devices, and was reportedly confirmed by researchers at Princeton University. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking, the report claims. The company said, “we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions.”

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Separately, Google has offered help to Android users suffering in the Kerala floods by helping people send their location, which makes it easier for rescuers to find them. Android device users can open Google Maps and create plus codes with their location — these codes can be shared not just online but also offline. Telecom operators Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and BSNL have also offered relief in the form of free data and automatically credited talk time for prepaid users, and bill payment extensions for postpaid users.

Motorola launched a new smartphone series in China this week, with the first model being named the Moto P30. The Moto P30 has an iPhone X-like notch and a 6.2-inch display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 636 SoC, and a glass back with gradient colour design. Other features include Android 8.0 Oreo, 6GB RAM, microSD support up to 256GB, 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear cameras, 12-megapixel front camera, 3,000mAh battery, and USB Type-C port. The Moto P30 price is CNY 2,099 (about Rs. 21,400) for the variant with 64GB of internal storage, and CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs. 25,400) for 128GB storage option.

Another smartphone launched this week was the Oppo F9, which has a V-shaped waterdrop display notch and the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC. The key Oppo F9 specifications include a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display, Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2, 64GB internal storage, microSD card support, 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cameras, 25-megapixel front camera, and 3,500mAh battery. It Oppo F9 price is VND 7,690,000 (about Rs. 23,300) for the variant with 4GB RAM and the price of the 6GB RAM variant had not yet been revealed.

The Vivo Y81 also launched in India early this week and is already on sale in India via the official online store as well as Flipkart and Amazon. The Vivo Y81 price in India has been set as Rs. 12,999. It features a 6.22-inch HD+ display, octa-core MediaTek MT6762 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD support up to 256GB, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 3,260mAh battery.



Rounding up the other news this week from the world of smartphones, the OnePlus 6 received an update that fixed the display flickering issue that users had reported late last month. The Oxygen OS 5.1.11 update for OnePlus 6 also brings improvements for HDR mode and other bug fixes.

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite specifications and price have leaked, suggesting it will have a 6.3-inch HD+ display with V-shaped waterdrop notch, octa-core Kirin 970 chip, 6GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, 20-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cameras, 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel front cameras, and 3,650mAh battery. As for the price, it is said to start at EUR 400 (about Rs. 28,000). More details of Honor 8X have leaked online too, with features such as a 7.12-inch full-HD+ display, 1.8GHz octa-core processor, 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel cameras on the back, 8-megapixel front camera, and 4,900mAh battery.

The Nokia 6.1 received a price cut in India this week, which brings down the price of the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variants by Rs. 1,500 each. This means the two variants now cost Rs. 15,499 and Rs. 17,499, respectively. This move comes just a week ahead of the launch of the Nokia 6.1 Plus model in India. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 price in India was also slashed this week, with the smartphone now available at Rs. 11,990 on Flipkart and Samsung Shop.

The iPhone 2018 models also leaked this week, with the new report claiming the upcoming iPhones will start at about $699 (about Rs. 49,000). The base 2018 iPhone model with 6.1-inch LCD panel is said to have a starting price of around $699 to $749 (from Rs. 49,000 to Rs. 52,600); it is claimed to have 64GB and 256GB storage options and 3GB RAM. The model with 5.8-inch OLED screen will reportedly have a starting price tag of $899 to $949 (from Rs. 63,000 to Rs. 66,000), while the 6.5-inch OLED model will be targeted at the “premium business segment” and have a price tag starting at $999 (about Rs. 70,000). The latter two models are said to come in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options and have 4GB of RAM. These two will also support Apple Pencil, a separate report says.

As scheduled, eBay India stopped taking any more orders starting August 15, and the last date for raising eBay Guarantee claims is August 30. Flipkart will be launching a new site to fill the gap eBay is leaving in India. eBay will also keep an archive of your purchase history on My PaisaPay and My eBay until further notice.

Microsoft has created a software for the CBSE to prevent exam paper leaks. The software ensures papers are not leaked until at least half an hour before the exam, and if the papers are leaked after that, then the leak can be traced using the watermark. The new Microsoft software has already been tested this year in the compartment examinations held for class 10.

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Supreme Court Judge Kurian Joseph’s Kerala Home Flooded, Brother At Relief Camp

Kerala Floods: Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph volunteered at a collection drive in Delhi.

New Delhi: 

Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph’s brother and sister were among those who have been displaced in the floods that have ravaged Kerala. Justice Joseph’s family home in the town of Kalady in Ernakulam district has been flooded like several other towns and villages in Kerala, which is facing its worst flood in a century. At least 164 people have died in the flood since August 8 – taking the number of deaths to 357 this monsoon.

The Supreme Court judge’s hometown Kalady is just 7 km from the flooded Kochi airport which is closed till August 26.

Justice Joseph’s brother who lived in the family home was forced to relocate to a relief camp three days ago. The top court judge has not been able to contact his brother since then.

“The problem is there are no phone signals,” he told NDTV. His sister too had to move out of her home and is taking shelter at a relative’s home.

The top court judge volunteered at a Kerala flood relief collection drive in Delhi on Saturday evening.  He spent close to five hours at the collection drive organised by a group of lawyers, pitching in to sort out the tons of relief materials that were donated by people. He was seen packing and taping cartons of biscuits, milk powder and medicines, and labelling each of these boxes.

“Everyone is family now,” he told NDTV.


Justice Kurian Joseph interacted with volunteers at a Kerala flood relief collection drive in Delhi.

Help has been pouring in for Kerala from people from all across the country and outside. Many NGOs have been shipping essential materials needed by the people left homeless in coastal state. The Kerala government’s disaster relief fund portal too has been getting donations online from thousands of people.


Kerala Floods: People stranded in their homes in various parts of the state had to be rescued in boats. Many of them were air-lifted. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took an aerial survey of the affected areas on Saturday, promised a Rs 500 crore assistance to the flood-ravaged state along with more helicopters, boats and other equipment for relief and rescue.

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