Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian men’s hockey team to kick-start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan

Reigning silver medallists India will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in a mouth-watering men’s hockey contest of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

According to the schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday, Asian champions India are placed in a relatively easy but tricky Pool B alongside Pakistan, last edition’s bronze medallists England, Malaysia and Wales. Five-time champions and hosts Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Scotland feature in Pool A.

The Indian men’s team will play Pakistan in its first match on 7 April, followed by games against Wales (8 April), Malaysia (10 April) and England (11 April).

Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team have been clubbed in Pool A, which consists of current silver medallists England, South Africa, Malaysia and Wales.



Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017: If event is to achieve results, it must get over Ivanka Trump obsession

The bangle-seller was extra eager to bring out the special piece his artisans had crafted. Mohammed Waseem opened the packaging carefully, almost as if to prolong the suspense. On display was a glittering piece, studded with stones that read ‘Ivanka’. Sitting at his store at Lad Bazaar by the Charminar, Waseem wished Ivanka would take the time to go bangle-shopping so that he could get an opportunity to gift her the Ivanka bangles.

The gesture gives you a sense of what the Global Entrepreneurship Summit is all about. Much to the discomfiture of many officials in the organising party, the GES 2017, being organised for the first time in South Asia, has become more about Ivanka and less about the 1500 entrepreneurs who are attending the summit.

“This is not the way we had envisaged it,” said an official on condition of anonymity, “The media too is more interested in writing about the designer who created Ivanka’s dress for the inauguration rather than what this global meeting of entrepreneurs, most of them women, could mean.”

The inside story of how Hyderabad won the race, received a further endorsement when Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his inaugural speech spoke of the summit as a connection between Silicon Valley and Hyderabad. That won’t be music to Bengaluru’s ears because India’s IT capital has worn the unofficial tag of being India’s Silicon Valley for a long time.

What GES 2017 does is to give a fillip to Hyderabad and India’s youngest state that is also joint number one with Andhra Pradesh in the Ease of Doing Business rankings. Showcasing its T-Hub — that is an ecosystem that mentors start-ups, Hyderabad has gained the reputation of being an innovation hub. And the city got a thumbs up from Ivanka Trump herself when she said that Hyderabad’s tech centres may even outshine the city’s world famous biryani. That was after Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, as the host, asked everyone to relish the Hyderabadi biryani during their visit.


Did you know that over just one race the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E vehicle can capture enough energy through clever braking to extend its range by up to 15%? How? By utilising the latest regenerative braking technology, which is also a big feature of the electric I‑PACE Concept road car.

In a regular internal combustion engine vehicle, the car is slowed via conventional friction brakes which press the brake pads against the discs. The kinetic energy from the vehicle is converted into heat energy, which is essentially wasted. However in a battery electric vehicle (BEV), the electric motor can convert that kinetic energy into electricity to top up the battery, increasing the number of miles you can drive on a single charge.
In Formula E, the length of the race is the same for each competitor, and the amount of energy allowed to complete the race is also fixed, at 56 kilowatt hours, so the benefit of regenerative braking in racing translates into extra performance and potentially faster lap times. The intensity of electric racing really tests the vehicle’s parts to the limit – as well as their engineers – and with Jaguar involved in developing both electric race cars and electric road cars, there will be mutual benefits.

How Dantewada’s Kadaknath chicken could be the new food fad

ack chicken crosses the red corridor

A fowl from poverty-stricken and Naxal-affected Dantewada region in Chhattisgarh is slowly getting to be the favoured white meat on urban menus. The ironies are flavourful.

The chicken has black meat and the state government is hoping women autodrivers will give it the required fillip to reach the economic scale to be self-sustaining


When Being A Lefty Helped Ratan Tata, Mark Zuckerberg And Others With Life Lessons

Ratan Tata

When Ratan Tata took piano lessons, he had a problem. “I could not relate my left hand to do something different from my right hand,” he said in a television interview. But when it comes to running his group of companies, even from behind the scenes, Tata’s left arm has few equals. Till 2015, Tata’s trusts would even give scholarships to the Indian Left-Hander Club. Perhaps it is one of the reasons some Tata vehicles in overseas markets have a left-hand drive.


Mark Zukerberg

Some 20 years after Jobs made this comment, another great technical person in computers was getting ready to take on the world while at Harvard University. With the help of smart colleagues, he set up Facebook. And he too, reportedly, was left-handed. Zuckerberg has not said much on this important subject. But there is one photograph that proves beyond doubt that he is handy with his left hand. It shows him feeding a calf on a farm in Wisconsin.


Tata Africa celebrates Tata Volunteering Week 2017

Tata Africa employees volunteer time and effort at the sustainable development project Oliver’s Village in Putfontein and the children’s home L’arche Zimbabwe, as part of Tata Volunteering Week 2017

Employees of Tata Africa Holdings (TAHL), Tata Automobile Corporation South Africa and Tata Africa Steel Processors, once again, contributed their time and effort to Oliver’s Village in Putfontein, Benoni, on September 22, as part of the Tata Volunteering Week 2017.

A sustainable development project, Oliver’s Village is a sustainable village which plans to be home to a wide variety of social services. The volunteers painted 20 kiosks which were recently constructed to serve as a flea market, and are installed in a fenced-off area within the bigger campus of Oliver’s Village. The volunteers also repaired the palisade fencing around the area, which had rusted in places.


Six Presidential Properties for Sale

As President Obama finishes up his second term and makes way for Donald Trump, whose inauguration is on Friday, we’re taking a look at six homes for sale around the U.S. with links to past, present and future presidents, as well as their close families.


Remembering Umrao Begum

The grave of Mirza Ghalib’s wife, Umrao Begum, in Basti Nizamuddin, just at the side of her husband’s tomb, lacks an epitaph, probably because nobody tried to inscribe one on it in 1955 (when the poet’s memorial was built) or because she preferred anonymity as per the strictest tenets of Islam. Even so she deserves one for posterity’s sake. Umrao Begum was a pre-teenager when she married Ghalib, who himself was just 13 at that time, and the two shared conjugal bliss for nearly 57 years.

Umrao Begum was a kinswoman of the Nawab of Loharu, an erstwhile State now merged with Rajasthan, and her cousin was Bunyadi Begum, Ghalib’s sister-in-law. The begum, who was the Nawab’s sister, gave her haveli in Gali Mir Qasim Jan to Ghalib when he was in need of accommodation.

Umrao Begum bore seven children, all of whom died in infancy, leaving her and the poet heart-broken all their lives. Even the nephew, Nawab Zainul-abadin Khan Arif, whom they adopted, died young at the age of 18, though he had made his mark in Urdu poetry by then.