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Milestone man - Samit Gohel - Krishnaraj Singh, Times of India
Tuesday, here in the Pink city, was going to be about Samit Gohel. The Gujarat batsman was on 261 against Odisha going into the final day and the only question was whether he would get a historic triple ton or not. He got it and, in fact, did one better. When he finished on 359 not out, Gohel had broken a long-standing 117-year-old record. But, even five hours after his feat...
Rio 2016 - Indian girl power to the fore - Prajwal Hegde, Times of India
The Games of the girls. That's what the 2016 Summer Olympics has been for India. In Rio, the first South American city to host the quadrennial affair, it was female power to the fore, the women overshadowing the men for the first time. It was a roster not just of range but also of rage, a celebration of body and mind, physicality and persistence.
2016, the year of the underdog? - Kushan Mitra, Pioneer
This year has been remarkable for sports. With Leicester City’s fairytale win of the English Premier League, a squabbling West Indies unit finding unity in music and sixes to lift the International Cricket Council T20 trophy, the astounding rise of teenager Max Verstappen in Formula One and the European football championships where in the semi-finals, three of the participating...
Why free-to-air channels are here to stay - Chandni Mathur, Financial Express
In a cost-sensitive country like India where ‘free’ acts as a magnet for the otherwise flickering consumer, television broadcasters are latching onto the typical ‘Indian’ mentality if you will, by offering Free to Air (FTA) channels. Technically a freemium model, there were hardly any FTA channels till a few years back...
Stings over, the 'Greatest' floats away - Pioneer
He doggedly refused to fight a war for America because of his religious beliefs but would seldom lose a battle in the ring. He punched, he pummeled and he berated his opponents with the ferocity of a soldier and with an audacity that few could withstand in White America of the 60s. But none could ever fault this boxing genius...
In short, Virat Kohli is Don Bradman - Shamik Chakrabarty, Indian Express
It started to pour since 6 o’clock in the evening. About three hours later, when rain stopped, a portion of the Chinnaswamy outfield was under ankle-deep water. At 9.30pm, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay walked out for the toss. Fifteen minutes hence, they were up and running; for a 15-overs-a-side contest.
Digital banking in a digital India - Aditya Puri, Business Standard
The world has changed and continues to change rapidly. The convergence of telecom, media and computing has changed the way we work, play and live. Going back in time, we first had the physical networks - roads, rail, electricity, and water. These networks connected cities and towns and were the life and blood of our economies.
Better than Sachin? - Dhruv Munjal, Business Standard
By the time India's pivotal ICC World T20 game against Pakistan at Kolkata's Eden Gardens ended exactly a week ago, Virat Kohli had single-handedly taken his team home. He culled out 55 beautiful runs, as he drove, flicked and cut with practised ease. At one stage of the match, India's chances looked slim with three of its top-order batsmen back in the pavilion.
Abdul Rashid Khan: The man who sang to live - Suanshu Khurana, Indian Express
Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan performed till his last breath. He woke up in the early hours of Thursday, had his morning tea at his residence located inside Kolkata’s 200-year-old ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), and began his riyaaz. The notes, however, were interrupted by bouts of breathlessness.
Freedom 251 first impressions: Cheapest but usable - Debashis Sarkar, Times of India
Noida-based Ringing Bells on Thursday amazed the domestic smartphone market by launching the cheapest smartphone of the world for just Rs 251, roughly translating to less than $4. The only innovation Ringing Bells is clinging on to is the price. Which is enough to silence critics and buyers to lineup.
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