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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Harbhajan Singh makes his place in Test squad

Veteran off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh, has been recalled in the Indian cricket team for the lone Test against Bangladesh. It has been more than two years that he played for his country. He was last seen representing India in March 2013 against Australia in a home series.
The 34-year-old, who is the third highest Test wicket-taker for India with 413 scalps from 101 matches, has been taken considering the strength of host nation’s batting line up and especially the number of left-hand batsmen they have.
It is thought that he will play a very important role in this match and can successfully fill up the position of Ravindra Jadeja who is dropped from the Test team. However, he retains his place in ODI squad.
The notable exclusion of this squad is Mohammed Shami who could not make his place due to injury. He was replaced by Dhawal Kulkarni in the ODI squad.
The series between Bangladesh and India is expected to be a competitive one. That is why, the BCCI has picked up a full-strength teams for the tour without granting rest to the top players.

India’s tour of Bangladesh consisting of one Test and three ODIs will kick off on June 10. 

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Ratan Tata invests in Xiaomi

Ratan Tata, the former chairman of Tata Group, has once again caught media headline after acquiring stocks in the Chinese smartphone manufacturer company, Xiaomi. He has become the first Indian to invest in Xiaomi. The investment was announced by Xiaomi, but the company did not reveal the amount. The investment was in Xiaomi’s global business.
It was his ninth investment since March last year. Other eight companies where he invested are Snapdeal.Com, Urban Ladder, Bluestone, CarDekho.Com, Swasth India, PayTm, Grameen Capital and Altaeros Energies. With this latest investment, Tata now has covered almost all sections of online services- payments, automobiles, furniture, jewellery, apparel, and mobile phones.
Xiaomi, which was set up in April 2010, is considered as one of the world’s most valuable start-up companies. It has raised $1.1 billion fund in December. It has also got investments from global funds like Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, All-Stars Investment and Yuri Milner’s DST Global.

The five year old company is estimated to be worth $45 billion. Now, the company’s evaluation is three times more than that of personal computer maker, Lenovo. Since its launch in India in July last year, it has become the fifth largest smartphone maker in the country. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Samsung reveals Xperia Z4 in Japan

On April 20 (Monday), Sony has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, Xperia Z4. However, the company is yet to announce the international launch date or an accompanying ‘Compact’ version of this device.
Like its predecessor Z3, Xperia Z4 has 5.2-inch screen. It comes with Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor which clocks a more modest 2GHz, but unlike Z3, it has eight-core and 64-bit. It has 20.7-megapixels rear facing camera. The 5.1-megapixel front-facing camera has come with wide-angel lens. The Xperia Z4 is run on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It has 3GB of RAM.
Sony has got popularity for making devices that can resist both water and dust. It has made them different from other companies like Apple and Samsung.

It was thought that they will take an exit from the smartphone market. However, their position in the market is not good. They will have to increase the sale of their mobile devices in order to survive in the competitive market. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

James Anderson becomes England’s highest Test wicket taker

James Anderson has become England’s highest Test wicket-taker surpassing Sir Ian Botham. The 32-year-old right-arm fast bowler has taken 384 wickets in 100 Tests.
His 384th dismissal was West Indies’ Denesh Ramdin who was caught at first slip off Anderson on the final day of the first Test in Antigua. He was greeted by his teammates after the achievement. Before the Test, he had 380 wickets on his tally.
When Ramdin left the field, West Indies was 294-7. However, Jason Holder’s unbeaten 103 helped the team to finish the game with a draw.
England’s former all-rounder Sir Ian Botham made his debut in 1977 and continued playing till 1992. In his long 15-year cricket career, he appeared in 102 Tests and claimed 383 wickets. With the bat, he scored 5200 runs at an average of 33.54.

Anderson played two matches fewer than Botham to surpass the legend. However, Botham predicted that he could increase his tally to 450 easily. It is time to see how long he can take it. 

Bangladesh beats Pakistan after sixteen years

Bangladesh cricket team has taken a 1-0 lead of the three-match ODI series after beating Pakistan by 79 runs in the first ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on April 17. Winning the toss, stand-in captain Shakib Al Hasan decided to bat first and it was proved to be a right decision after the host team put up a massive target of 330 run to the visitor.
After sixteen years, Bangladesh cricket team recorded their second ODI victory against Pakistan. Their first ODI victory against the same opponent came in the 1999 World Cup.
Opener Tamim Iqbal and wicket-keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored centuries which helped the team to score 329 for the loss of six wickets. Tamim Iqbal scored 132 from 135 balls. It was his first century since 2013. Mushfiqur Rahim played an aggressive innings of 77-ball 106.
Pakistan was bowled out for 250 in 45.2 overs after coming to chase. Captain Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail and one of the debutants Mohammad Rizwan respectively scored 72, 51 and 67 runs. Both Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny claimed three wickets apiece.
Left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz was the highest wicket taker. He took four wickets while Rahat Ali took one wicket. With this match, Saeed Ajmal made his return to the international cricket with a remodeled action after an eight-month absence. He was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to an illegal bowling action.

The second match will be played on April 19 at the same venue. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Turkish Ambassador invites Aamir Khan to shoot Dangal in Turkey

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s next project Dangal has been in news since its declaration. So far the movie has made the media headline regarding the casting of female characters. Now, a lot of speculations regarding the shooting of the movie in Turkey are doing the rounds on net. The reason behind this speculation is the meeting of Turkish Ambassador with the actor on his visit to India. He invited the actor to come and shoot for Dangal in Turkey. The news has been confirmed by the spokesperson of the film.
Wrestling is a very popular sport in Turkey and it is their ancestral sport. Turkey might be the suitable place for the movie as there are a lot of wrestling arenas in the country. It is already known to all that Dangal is based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his daughters. The ambassador of Turkey is supposed to be a big fan of Aamir. That is why, he was very interested to meet him.

Fans will have to wait to know if the entire team will consider the location for shooting the movie. Aamir Khan has gone through a physical transformation for the role. He has gained 20 kilograms to portray the character perfectly. Speculations have already made it one of the most awaited films. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Xiaomi sells 2.12 million smartphones in a 12-hour ‘fan festival’ event

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi sold more than two million smartphones during a 12-hour ‘fan festival’ event staged across seven countries in Asia on Wednesday.
The quantity of smartphone sold during the event was 2.12 million and earned revenue of RMB 2.08 billion, that is around $335 million. Customers also showcased 38,000 Mi TVs and over 770,000 smart appliances in this event. It was organized in order to celebrate the company’s fifth birthday. This event surpassed the previous ‘flash sale’ event on the basis of its popularity and sales.
Xiaomi’s main target is not only to sale phone but also to maintain good relationship with customers. According to a story published on the Wall Street Journal, the company regularly hosts parties where hundreds of unpaid invited fans can launch events. It also maintains an active forum where they company can directly communicate with customers, solicits feedback from them and pushes out weekly software updates based on interaction with users.

Sale of the company is increasing day by day. Last year, they sold 60 million smartphones, and they are expecting that sales of smartphone will reach 100 million this year. After Apple and Samsung, it is the third largest smartphone maker in the world. However, it is the top ranked company in China based on its sales.