INDvsNZ: New Zealand team has dominated in Nepier ODIs, but this time Team India is better prepared


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Fortnite 7.20 Content Update Adds Sniper Shootout Limited Time Mode, Sneaky Snowman Item, and More


Fortnite 7.20 Content Update Adds Sniper Shootout Limited Time Mode, Sneaky Snowman Item, and More

The Fortnite 7.20 content update is live for iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Fortnite 7.20 content update is out right now. Epic Games has confirmed that its battle royale sensation will get a new Sniper Shootout Limited Time Mode (LTM), a Sneaky Snowman item, and performance fixes to prevent frame rate slow downs during building. The update is live in Fortnite with no downtime required. There’s a new community creation called Omega Pyramid in the Fortnite’s Creative Mode showcase called The Block too. The Sneaky Snowman drops in stacks of five with a maximum stack size of 10 and can be found in floor loot, chests, and supply llamas. Here’s everything you need to know about the update.

Fortnite update 7.20 Sniper Shootout LTM patch notes

  • Summary: in this limited time mode, players will do battle using scoped weapons only. May the best aim win.
  • Suppressed Sniper Rifles have been added.
  • Legendary Scoped Pistols have been added to Supply Drops.
  • Floor Loot spawners reduced by 50 percent.
  • Reviving “Down But Not Out” teammates in Duos and Squads is deactivated.
  • Profile Stats (K/D and Wins) are tracked in this mode.

Previously, a report from Nielsen’s Superdata claimed the game has made $2.4 billion in 2018. This is the first time we’re seeing revenue data for Fortnite for an entire year. Superdata claims that Fortnite is the highest selling game of 2018 in addition to the highest earning free-to-play title, eclipsing the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Though keep in mind that Epic Games itself does not release any revenue details regarding any of its games, let alone Fortnite.

It is also important to note that Fortnite is available on every platform — Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. This also ensures it has a higher chance of monetisation versus other titles. This is lower than the alleged $3 billion in profit alone reported earlier in the month.

“Free-to-play titles amassed 80 percent of digital games revenue in 2018 but premium games still performed well in Western markets,” the report reads. “Asian mobile games helped the region earn 62 percent of global free-to-play revenue, while North America and Europe generated 80 percent of premium games revenue.”


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Navy Says Will Take Time To Retrieve Body Of One Of Trapped Miner In Meghalaya


Efforts to retrieve the body would continue Wednesday. (File)

Shillong: 

The Indian Navy on Tuesday resumed its operation to retrieve the decomposed body of one of the trapped miners detected inside a 370-feet deep illegal coal mine in Meghalaya”s East Jaintia Hills district but failed to achieve success.

Navy divers, who had suspended their operation on Sunday on the advice of the district administration, along with NDRF personnel, used remotely operated vehicles.

After day-long efforts, they only managed to move the body a few metres from where it was left on Sunday and brought it near the bottom of the main shaft, officials said.

“The body has been pulled near the bottom of the main shaft… The process to bring the body to the top will take some more time due to the presence of some obstructions inside the mine,” spokesperson of the operation R Susngi said.

Efforts to retrieve the body would continue Wednesday, he added.

The Navy personnel had earlier managed to pull the body, seen 200 ft along the horizontally dug small hole, about half way to the bottom of the shaft. But, it could not be brought out due to apprehension that further moving it could result in its disintegration, Susngi said.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma was briefed on the development at the site and he is constantly monitoring the situation, a senior home official said.

The district authorities are waiting for the family members of at least seven miners trapped inside to identify the retrieved body, he said.

At least 15 miners are trapped in the rat hole mine at Khlooryngksan area of the district since December 13 which has led to a multi-agency operation involving the Navy, the NDRF and leading firms in the country to join the efforts to rescue them in the longest such mission in the country.

Close on heels of Navy’s Sunday decision, Conrad had on Monday suspended operations to retrieve the body to avoid disintegration of the decomposed corpse.

The Navy had also spotted several skeletons in the flooded mines.

Coal India Ltd, Odhisa Fire Service and the KSP continued dewatering the nearby abandoned mines and the total discharge of water since yesterday was 80.15 lakh litres, Susngi said





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Google Maps for Android Gets Departure, Arrival Time Feature for Car Navigation


Google Maps for Android Gets Departure, Arrival Time Feature for Car Navigation

The feature has so far been available only for public transport mode

Google Maps has been on the receiving end of multiple new features over the past few months such as auto-rickshaw mode, estimated ride fare information and suggested routes among others. The newest feature making its way to Google’s navigation app is journey time estimation by adding the departure or arrival time for car navigation. The feature has already been available for quite some time on the Google Maps app under the public transport mode, but it has now finally been expanded for cars as a navigation option.

Thanks to the new ‘Set depart and arrive time’ feature, which is now available on Google Maps for Android, users driving a car can now set the departure time as well as the date and time to estimate how long their journey will take and at what time they will reach their destination. Likewise, one can enter details such as date, time and the arrival date for a journey to know when they should depart depending upon the distance. It must be noted that the feature has been available on Google Map’s desktop client for quite some time as well as the mobile app, but only in case of public transport for the app. As for which version number of the Google Maps for Android app has the new feature, we were able to spot it on a wide variety – v10.8.0, v10.7.1, and v10.6.2 beta – implying it’s a server-side rollout. 

The new feature can be accessed by tapping on the ‘Menu’ icon at the top-right corner and then selecting the ‘Set depart & arrive time’ option. However, it appears that setting the arrival time won’t trigger a notification action to alert users when they should leave, as the same is absent. Another minor drawback is that if users set the arrival time to know when they should leave, there is no way they can keep a tab on unexpected traffic jams which might alter their departure time. Android Police was first to report the new feature’s addition, adding that the v10.8.0 version which is available on APK Mirror enables the feature.

Google Maps reportedly received a speed trap and audio warnings functionality earlier this month, alongside a speed limit feature which recently went live for some users In the US. While the former is used for viewing reports of incidents which might cause journey delay on a route, the latter allows users to see speed limits on routes in the Google maps app for Android and iOS. 



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Scientists Warn Of Climate ”Time Bomb” For World’s Groundwater


The team has called for immediate action to ensure future generations aren’t left high and dry.

Paris, France: 

Future generations face an environmental “time bomb” as the world’s groundwater systems take decades to respond to the present day impact of climate change, scientists warned on Monday.

Found underground in cracks in soil, sand and rock, groundwater is the largest useable source of freshwater on the planet and more than two billion people rely on it to drink or irrigate crops.

It is slowly replenished through rainfall — a process known as recharge — and discharges into lakes, rivers or oceans to maintain an overall balance between water in and water out.

Groundwater reserves are already under pressure as the global population explodes and crop production rises in lockstep.

But the extreme weather events such as drought and record rainfall — both made worse by our heating planet — could have another long-lasting impact on how quickly reserves replenish, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change.

An international team of researchers used computer modelling of groundwater datasets to put a timescale on how reserves may respond to the changing climate.

“Groundwater is out of sight and out of mind, this massive hidden resource that people don’t think about much yet it underpins global food production,” said Mark Cuthbert, from Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

“The effect we are having now is going to have this really long lag-time in terms of climate change. There’s a memory in the system — and the memory is very large in some places,” he told AFP.

Cuthbert and his team found that only half of all groundwater supplies are likely to fully replenish or re-balance within the next 100 years — potentially leading to shortages in drier areas.

“This could be described as an environmental time bomb because any climate change impacts on recharge occurring now, will only fully impact the baseflow to rivers and wetlands a long time later,” Cuthbert said.

‘Massive lags’

The process through which rainwater is filtered through bedrock and accumulated underground can take centuries and varies greatly by region.

As climate change delivers longer droughts and bigger superstorms, the extremes of rainfall become more pronounced, impacting groundwater reserves for generations to come.

The team found that reserves in arid areas took far longer — several thousand years in some cases — to respond to alterations in climate than reserves in more humid parts.

“Parts of the groundwater that’s underneath the Sahara currently is still responding to climate change from 10,000 years ago when it was much wetter there,” Cuthbert said. “We know there are these massive lags.”

The team said their research showed one of the “hidden” impacts of climate change, and called for immediate action to ensure future generations aren’t left high and dry.

“Some parts of the world might get wetter, some might get drier but it’s not just the overall amount of rainfall that is important, it is also how intense the rainfall is,” Cuthbert added.

“Climate science says that changes in rainfall intensity are very significant for groundwater.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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Lunar eclipse Chandra Grahan 2019 live Super Wolf Blood Moon Date time and place


चंद्र ग्रहण (Lunar Eclipse 2019)  आज (21 जनवरी) लगेगा. यह साल 2019 का पहला चंद्र ग्रहण होगा. इस दिन निकलने वाले चंद्रमा को सुपर वुल्फ ब्लड मून (Super Wolf Blood Moon) का नाम दिया जाता है. यह ग्रहण कुल 3 घंटे 30 मिनट का होगा.  यह चंद्र ग्रहण भारत में दिखाई नहीं देगा. भारतीय समयानुसार ये ग्रहण 21 जनवरी को सुबह 10:41 बजे शुरू होगा. यह साल का पहला व आखिरी पूर्ण चंद्र ग्रहण होगा. इसके बाद पूर्ण चंद्र ग्रहण 29 मई 2021 में लगेगा. इसलिए भी ग्रहण का महत्व बढ़ गया है. इससे पहले जनवरी के पहले हफ्ते में हुआ सोलर इक्लिप्स भी भारत में देखने को नहीं मिला था. 

Chandra Grahan 2019: साल का पहला चंद्र ग्रहण, दुष्प्रभावों से बचने के लिए 6 मान्यताएं

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यहां नजर आएगा चंद्र ग्रहण

नेशनल ज्योग्राफिक की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, पूरे पश्चिमी गोलार्ध में लोग ग्रहण के सभी या कुछ भाग को देख सकेंगे. उत्तरी अमेरिका, सेंट्रल अमेरिका और दक्षिणी अमेरिका के लोग सुपर वुल्फ रेड मून के सभी चरणों को अच्छे से देख पाएंगे. ऑस्ट्रेलिया और एशिया में ये नजारा देखने को नहीं मिलेगा. 

Chandra Grahan 2019 : चंद्रग्रहण से जुड़ी मान्यता, इन मंत्रों के जाप से दूर होता है बुरा असर

क्या है खास बात

पहले चरण में चांद में कोई खास अंतर दिखाई नहीं देगा. दूसरे चरण में आंशिक ग्रहण दिखाई देना शुरू होगा. इसके करीब 90 मिनट बाद चांद पूरी तरह से लाल हो जाएगा. मून रेडिश ग्लो दिखाई देगा. फिर प्रक्रिया ऐसे ही उल्टे क्रम में शुरू होगी. अगर मौसम साफ होगा तो इस बेहद अद्भुत नजारे देखें जाएंगे.

6 जनवरी को पड़ रहा है पहला सूर्य ग्रहण, 2019 में होंगे ये 5 सूर्य और चंद्र ग्रहण

क्या होता है चंद्रग्रहण?

जब सूर्य के चारों ओर परिक्रमा करती हुई पृथ्वी एक सीध में अपने उपग्रह चंद्रमा तथा सूर्य के बीच आ जाती है, तो चंद्रमा पर पड़ने वाली सूर्य की किरणें रुक जाती हैं, और पृथ्वी की प्रच्छाया उस पर पड़ने लगती है, जिससे उसका दिखना बंद हो जाता है. इसी खगोलीय घटना को चंद्रग्रहण कहा जाता है.

क्या कहती है पौराणिक कथा?

एक पौराणिक कथा के अनुसार समुद्र मंथन के दौरान देवताओं और दानवों के बीच अमृत के लिए घमासान चला. इस मंथन में अमृत देवताओं को मिला लेकिन असुरों ने उसे छीन लिया. अमृत को वापस लाने के लिए भगवान विष्णु ने मोहिनी नाम की सुंदर कन्या का रूप धारण किया और असुरों से अमृत ले लिया. जब वह उस अमृत को लेकर देवताओं के पास पहुंचे और उन्हें पिलाने लगे तो राहु नामक असुर भी देवताओं के बीच जाकर अमृत पीने बैठ गया. जैसे ही वो अमृत पीकर हटा, भगवान सूर्य और चंद्रमा को भनक हो गई कि वह असुर है. तुरंत उससे अमृत छीन लिया गया और विष्णु जी ने अपने सुदर्शन चक्र से उसकी गर्दन धड़ से अलग कर दी.  क्योंकि वो अमृत पी चुका था इसीलिए वह मरा नहीं. उसका सिर और धड़ राहु और केतु नाम के ग्रह पर गिरकर स्थापित हो गए. ऐसी मान्यता है कि इसी घटना के कारण सूर्य और चंद्रमा को ग्रहण लगता है, इसी वजह से उनकी चमक कुछ देर के लिए चली जाती है. 



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Roger Federer To Play French Open For First Time Since 2015


Roger Federer announced on Sunday he will return to the clay for another crack at the French Open this year for the first time since 2015. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who won at Roland Garros in 2009, made the announcement straight after being knocked out of the Australian Open in the last 16 by Stefanos Tsitsipas. “It’s a bit of a desire. I’m in a phase where I want to have fun and I’ve missed not doing it,” he told reporters of the French Open. He missed the tournament in 2016 with an injury and skipped the clay season the last two years.

“I don’t feel it is necessary to have a big break again,” he added.

Defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by fiery Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who ended his bid for a record seventh Australian Open.

The Swiss master caved in under the energy and pressure of a man 17 years his junior to tumble out 6-7 (11/13), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) in the last 16 on Rod Laver Arena.

Tsitsipas, seeded 14, became the first Greek in history to reach the quarter-finals of a Slam where he will meet Spain’s 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

“There’s nothing really I can say to describe this,” said the 20-year-old. “I’m the happiest man on earth right now.” 

The pair’s only previous meeting in the mixed team Hopman Cup earlier this month was a tight affair where Federer had won courtesy of two tiebreaks.

“Roger is a legend of our sport,” said Tsitsipas. 

“I have so much respect for him. It’s a dream come rue.”



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Michael Clarke praises Virat kohli, Says he is greatest all Time ODI batsman | माइकल क्लार्क ने विराट की तारीफ कर कहा


नई दिल्ली: विराट कोहली की कप्तानी में टीम इंडिया की ऑस्ट्रेलिया में इतिहास रचने पर ऑस्ट्रेलिया के पूर्व कप्तान माइकल क्लार्क ने विराट की तारीफ की है. इस दौरे में कोहली ने अपनी बल्लेबाजी से खेल के हर प्रारूप में अपनी विशिष्ट छाप छोड़ी. क्लार्क का मानना है कि भारतीय कप्तान ‘‘एकदिवसीय अंतरराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट में खेलने वाला सर्वकालिक सर्वश्रेष्ठ बल्लेबाज है.’’ कोहली अभी टेस्ट और वनडे में विश्व के नंबर एक बल्लेबाज हैं. उनकी अगुवाई में भारत ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया में टेस्ट और वनडे सीरीज जीतकर इतिहास रचा. इससे पहले भारतीय टीम ने टी20 अंतरराष्ट्रीय सीरीज बराबर कराई थी.

इस तरह से भारत पहली ऐसी टीम बन गई है जिसने ऑस्ट्रेलिया में सीरीज नहीं गंवाई और इस बीच कोहली ने लगातार अच्छा प्रदर्शन किया. ऑस्ट्रेलिया के पूर्व विश्व कप विजेता कप्तान क्लार्क ने कहा, ‘‘मेरा मानना है कि विराट एकदिवसीय क्रिकेट में खेलने वाला सर्वकालिक सर्वश्रेष्ठ बल्लेबाज है. भारत के लिये उन्होंने जो कुछ हासिल किया उसको देखने के बाद मुझे इसमें कोई संदेह नहीं है.’’ 

विराट के जुनून का कोई जवाब नहीं
कोहली ने अब तक 219 वनडे में 10,385 रन बनाए हैं जिसमें 39 शतक शामिल हैं. उनका औसत 59 से भी अधिक है. कोहली के प्रशंसक क्लार्क ने कहा कि इस 30 वर्षीय क्रिकेटर के जुनून का कोई जवाब नहीं है. उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘आपको अपने देश के लिये जीत दर्ज करने के विराट के जुनून का सम्मान करना होगा. हां उसमें आक्रामकता है लेकिन कोई भी उसकी प्रतिबद्धता पर सवाल नहीं उठा सकता. वह वनडे में सर्वश्रेष्ठ है.’’ 

धोनी के बारे में यह कहा क्लार्क ने
कोहली जहां लगातार उपलब्धियां हासिल कर रहे हैं वहीं उनके पूर्ववर्ती कप्तान महेंद्र सिंह धोनी की वर्तमान फार्म को लेकर क्रिकेट जगत की राय भिन्न है. धोनी अब वनडे में पहले की तरह आक्रामक शैली से नहीं खेलते हैं लेकिन क्लार्क का मानना है कि इस 37 वर्षीय पूर्व भारतीय कप्तान को अपना खेल खेलने के लिए अकेला छोड़ देना चाहिए. क्लार्क ने कहा, ‘‘धोनी जानते हैं कि किसी परिस्थिति में किस तरह से खेलना है. उन्होंने 300 से अधिक वनडे खेले हैं, इसलिए वे जानते हैं कि अपनी भूमिका कैसे निभानी है.’’ 

Michael Clarke

धोनी किसी भी नंबर पर बल्लेबाजी करने में सक्षम
लेकिन अगर तीसरे वनडे में लक्ष्य 230 के बजाय 330 होता तो क्या धोनी प्रभावशाली होते? इस सवाल के जवाब में क्लार्क ने कहा, ‘‘मुझे लगता है कि वह फिर अलग तरह से बल्लेबाजी करते. लक्ष्य 230 रन का था और उनकी रणनीति इसी के अनुकूल थी और अगर लक्ष्य बड़ा होता तो उनकी रणनीति भिन्न होती.’’ क्लार्क से पूछा गया कि धोनी को विश्व कप में बल्लेबाजी क्रम में कौन से नंबर पर उतारना चाहिए, उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘चार, पांच या छह किसी भी स्थान पर. वह किसी भी नंबर पर बल्लेबाजी करने में सक्षम हैं और मुझे लगता है कि विराट उनका परिस्थितियों के अनुसार उपयोग करेगा.’’ 

हार्दिक भूमिका विश्व कप में होगी अहम
क्लार्क ने हालांकि कहा कि वर्तमान में निलंबित हार्दिक पंड्या इंग्लैंड में होने वाले विश्व कप में भारतीय अभियान में अहम भूमिका निभाएंगे. पंड्या और केएल राहुल एक टीवी कार्यक्रम के दौरान आपत्तिजनक टिप्पणियां करने के कारण अभी निलंबित हैं. ऑस्ट्रेलिया के पूर्व कप्तान ने कहा, ‘‘हार्दिक जैसा प्रतिभाशाली खिलाड़ी टीम में संतुलन बनाने के लिये बेहद जरूरी है. वह केवल अपनी बल्लेबाजी से मैच जिता सकता है और मुझे विश्वास है कि वह विश्व कप टीम का हिस्सा होगा.’’ 

(इनपुट भाषा)





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“Entree Over, Time For Main Course”: Scott Styris Lays Down Challenge For Team India


After concluding the Australia tour on a high, India are scheduled to tour New Zealand for five One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals, starting on Wednesday. India drew the three-match T20I series 1-1 and won their maiden Test series in Australia in 71 years and 11 attempts before clinching their first-ever bilateral ODI series on a highly-successful tour Down Under. Ahead of another tough tour, former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris laid down a challenge for Virat Kohli and his team. “Well done @BCCI ..entree is over time for the main course,” Styris tweeted on Friday.

Australia were playing without their prominent batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving one-year bans for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March 2018.

New Zealand, on the other hand, look daunting as ever with captain Kane Williamson in remarkable form. Besides the skipper, seasoned batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill are also riding the best form at the moment.

In the recent 3-0 routing of Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series at home, Williamson led by example scoring 132 runs in three innings with two fifty-plus knocks.

Taylor, 34, finished as the top run-scorer in the ODI series with 281 runs, including a noteworthy 137-run knock in the third and final match in Nelson.

New Zealand opener Guptill accumulated 153 runs in the ODI series with a match-winning century in the first match in Mount Maunganui.

New Zealand have brought together their strongest possible line-up for the ODI series against India.

On the other hand, India have decided to rest their prime pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Hyderabad-based fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has been called in as his replacement.

“Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour,” the BCCI said in a statement.    

Bumrah was the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon with 21 wickets in the four-Test series Down Under.





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Date, Time, All You Need To Know


Sky-watchers across the entire Western Hemisphere will be able to see all or part of the eclipse.

New Delhi: 

Super Blood Wolf Moon will be seen on January 20 and 21. This includes a total lunar eclipse, super blood moon and a “Wolf Moon”. A “super moon” occurs when the moon is especially close to earth, while a “wolf moon” is the traditional name for the full moon of January, when the howling of wolves was a sound that helped define winter. In a total lunar eclipse, the moon never goes completely dark. Rather, it takes on a reddish glow from refracted light as the heavenly bodies move into position – hence the “blood moon” moniker. The more particulate or pollution in the atmosphere, the redder the moon appears.

Super Blood Wolf Moon: Where To See

According to National Geographic report, sky-watchers across the entire Western Hemisphere will be able to see all or part of the eclipse. North America, Central America, and South America will get to see all the phases of Super Blood Wolf Moon.
Australia and Asia, including India, will miss the eclipse.

Super Blood Wolf Moon: Timings

The total lunar eclipse will start at 11:41 pm ET on January 20, which is around 10:11 am on January 21 (Monday) in India. This phenomenon will last for 62 minutes.

The entire event, which includes total as well as partial lunar eclipse will reportedly last for three and a half hours.

Appearance of Super Blood Wolf Moon:

In the first phase, no real difference will appear in the moon.
In the second phase, a partial eclipse will appear.
About 90 minutes later, it will reach totality. The moon will give a reddish glow.
The process then goes in reverse.

How to see Super Blood Wolf Moon:

There’s no need of any special equipment to watch Super Blood Wolf Moon. If the weather is clear, stargazers will be able to enjoy this celestial show.





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