Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Motorola Xoom tablet for sale in India

Motorola Xoom tablet loaded with Android 3।0 Honeycomb and a dual core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor is available starting at Rs 31,500 for a WiFi model and Rs 38,900 for a WiFi+3G model.Announced almost a week ago, Motorola Xoom tablet loaded with Android 3.0 Honeycomb is now on sale both online as well as at retail outlets. This is surprising because Motorola hasn't officially announced the market operating price of Xoom tablet yet. A spokesperson said on behalf of Motorola that the official market prices of the device would be announced shortly. The market operating price of Motorola Xoom WiFi is about Rs 34,500 and its WiFi+3G model costs Rs 41, 500. Xoom WiFi is available online at a price ranging from approximately Rs 31,500 to Rs 32,500; while the WiFi+3G model is available at approximately Rs 39,000 to Rs 39,300. Motorola Xoom tablet was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, along with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a tablet-specific operating system. Housing a powerful dual core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip, Xoom has a 10.1 inch widescreen HD (1280 x 800 pixel) display. With a 5 megapixel camera at the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front, the Motorola tablet certainly packs an impressive set of features. India already has Apple iPad 2, a 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, Creative Ziio, Acer Iconia, and BlackBerry PlayBook in its tablet segment and now Xoom has joined the competition. Next month, we expect Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Asus Transformer, and ViewSonic ViewPad tablets to hit Indian markets. Usually, tablets are available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB versions — all mostly possessing 1 GHz single or dual core processors. For all these tablets, the balance of price and features plays a crucial role. This is because potential buyers always tend to evaluate whether to go for a high end tablet or to buy an entry level laptop for about Rs 35,000. Nowhere do we see tablets actually replacing netbooks or entry level laptops. However, these new products certainly are setting up a new gadget segment altogether.


Having already inherited Andrew Strauss' one-day captaincy, Alastair Cook has now set his sights of replicating his predecessor's style at the top of the order। With Strauss now focusing on Test cricket, Cook will lead the side against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at The Oval this afternoon and, in the process, earn his first ODI cap in over 15 months। His absence from the limited-overs set-up was due to uncertainty over whether he can adapt sufficiently to the faster-paced one-day arena. He has played just 26 ODIs compared to 68 Tests and, if not for his leadership credentials, may not have been given the chance to add to that number. Now he hopes to expand his game in the same way Strauss did when he was installed as one-day captain. "I think Straussy's a great example for me," said Cook. "When he first started playing one-day cricket I think he had a strike-rate of about 65, maybe 70. Towards the end his career strike-rate was up to 80. "You can evolve, you can improve and he certainly did that. Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps." Despite his imperious form in the longer format, detractors remain over his suitability for 50-over cricket - notably another former England captain, Mike Atherton. The Essex opener believes his efforts in Bangladesh in his last stint in the one-day set-up - when he produced scores of 64 and 60 at virtually a run a ball - show he can prove them wrong. "In Bangladesh I scored runs and I scored them quickly. I know I have the talent and the skills to do it," Cook added. "I'm nowhere near the finished article and as a 26-year-old I've got a lot of work to do, but I'm prepared to do it. "Everybody is entitled to their opinion. But I've scored a one-day hundred for England. I know I can score runs at the top of the order and I'm excited that I'm in a good place to go and show that." James Anderson and Jonathan Trott rejoin the squad that was routed by Sri Lanka in Saturday's Twenty20, with Tim Bresnan also added after recovering from a calf injury. For the tourists, today is a chance to say farewell to the legendary Sanath Jayasuriya. The 41-year-old will play his 445th and final ODI on the day after it was announced interim coach Stuart Law is leaving to take over Bangladesh. Thilina Kandamby admitted the pair would be a major loss. "Stuart Law has been good for us, especially in England because he has played a lot here," he said. "We have had a lot of good discussions with him and we will be sad and miss him. "Sanath is one of the biggest legends we have ever produced, probably the best one-day player we have had in our country, if he gets a hundred that would be the best farewell he can get."

Is Sonam Kapoor India's new gay icon?

After Celina Jaitley, it is fashionista Sonam Kapoor's turn to show her support for the LGBT community. Welcoming New York's latest gay-marriage law, the actress joined in the celebration with New York based designer Prabal Gurung on twitter.

'Finally. Love conquers all. Gay Marriage Approved by New York Senate. Yay!!!' she tweeted.

In the meantime, she denied rumours of her starring in Kamal Haasan's Tamil movie Viswaroopam. 'Dudes and duddettes.. Have not been offered any film in tollywood. I would love to work with the above mentioned stalwarts but I aint so lucky,' she added.We don't know if it was co-incidence or telepathic connection between the two actresses but both Bipasha Basu and Ameesha Patel wore the same outfit by designer Ramona Narang for IIFA's green carpet.

Bipasha was amused when she realised Ameesha was wearing the same outfit.

'Also last night a fellow actress landed up wearing the same dress in a diff color as me on d green carpet!It ws quite amusing even for me:) Anyways u can't stop the world frm buying d same things n keep a tab on all! So next time I'll plan my green carpet outfit in advance n nt pull out things frm my cupboard last min!' Bipasha tweeted.

Ameesha cleared her side of the story: 'Thank u sweethearts for loving myy iifa dresses. Ramona narang the designer made them 2 months in advance of the event. Thanks again.' IIFA has finally come to an end, and Bollywood furiously tweeting about it.

Karan Johar praised the organisers. 'IIFA in toronto was an experience!!! The love of the people and the sheer energy in the house makes making movies the best job ever!!! KUDOS to the IIFA team and the wizcraft management for putting up an indelible spectacle!!! IIFA rocked and rolled it,' he tweeted.

Bipasha Basu tweeted: 'IIFA night was great!Thank you Toronto:)Do not feel like leaving but sadly have to leave!Had the best time ever!'

Ameesha Patel had a good time too. 'The people of toronto were just amazing n soooo lovin. Loved the after parties at sohail khans n shahrukhs rooms too. Loads of fun,' she updated.

Dia Mirza loved the audience. 'What a night!!! #IIFA was truly incredible. The audience was just awesome :) THANK YOU TORONTO,' she tweeted.

Neha Dhupia praised Toronto. 'yet another wonderful #iifa ends... kudos to wizcraft and the entire team for such a fantastic show and thanku #toronto for ur hospitality!' she wrote.Riteish Deshmukh thanked Toronto for its hospitality. 'IIFA TORONTO was the best iifa we hosted and all thanks to the wonderful n beautiful people of TORONTO/CANADA thak u alll- love u guys,' he updated.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

BlackBerry maker upbeat on Asian growth markets!

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) is banking on Indonesia and other populous markets for growth in Asia, while it faces intensifying competition worldwide from rivals like the iPhone.

The Canadian firm had one of the most prominent stands at the CommunicAsia telecom fair that ended Friday in Singapore, where industry executives gather annually to check out new technology and seal deals.

"We are in a great spot. When I think about the (Asian) markets, I have a big smile on my face," RIM's regional managing director Gregory Wade told AFP at the expo.

Wade said BlackBerry currently leads the smartphone market in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Technology research firm IDC estimates that RIM shipped 1.5 million BlackBerry devices to Asia in the first quarter of this year and since 2004 has sold at least 8.5 million units in the region.

Asia accounted for 11 percent of RIM's global shipments in the first quarter of 2011, compared to eight percent for all of 2010, it said.

Wade said that as more consumers seek replacements for older handsets, there's ample room for further growth in the Asian smartphone sector.

"There is a huge adoption of technology, consumers are making that leapfrog," he said.

Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand have a combined population of 400 million, and Indonesians have a particular fondness for BlackBerry's instant-messaging function, which spares them from texting charges.

"If you look at the countries he (Wade) mentioned, those are good success stories for them despite the beating they are getting globally," said Byan Ma, an analyst with IDC.

"In Indonesia, everyone wants to have a BlackBerry."

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM was once the frontrunner in the high-margin smartphone market when it introduced the first BlackBerry device in 1999, which integrated email into a handset in a secure and reliable way.

The gadget was an instant hit, especially with corporate users.

But now, according to technology research company Gartner, RIM ranked fourth in the smartphone market globally in the first quarter of 2011 with a 12.9 percent share based on operating systems -- behind Google's Android, Nokia's Symbian and Apple's iOS.

At CommunicAsia, RIM showcased the Playbook, its answer to Apple's iconic iPad.

The Playbook, which boasts a seven-inch (17.8-centimeter) touchscreen, was released in April but the market's reaction has been mixed in RIM's key North American market.

RIM said it shipped about 500,000 Playbooks in the three months to May 28, and sales start this month in Asia.

Roberta Cozza, an analyst with Gartner, said the Playbook was a "solid device" but like the rest of the iPad challengers, it lacks a well-supported "ecosystem" of applications similar to Apple's.

"Even Android tablets are struggling to deliver value to the consumers," Cozza said.

Android, an operating system developed by Google, is the software of choice among several iPad challengers like Samsung, while RIM has its own proprietary software.

Stress ‘really leads to comfort eating’!

Binging on sugary or fatty foods has long been thought to be connected to stress or anxiety. But until now, scientists have not been able to find a link. Now, a U.S. team has found stress hormone ghrelin which causes comfort eating.

In their study, researchers at the University of Texas have found that levels of ghrelin increased during prolonged periods of stress and also appeared to fuel cravings for fatty food, the British media reported.

In fact, in experiments on mice, they found that an increased level of ghrelin brought on by stress increased the animals’ appetite. The researchers studied the ghrelin levels of mice exposed to a variety of stressful situations who had free access to comforting chow.

Study’s author Dr Jeffrey Zigman said: “Many people when stressed turn to high calorie ‘comfort foods’ In our study, stress-induced food-reward behaviour was dependent on signalling by the hormone ghrelin.

“Insight into this could provide new targets for the development of drugs to curb this potentially detrimental behaviour.”

He added: “The popular media and personal anecdotes are rich with examples of stress-induced eating of calorically dense comfort foods. Such behavioural reactions likely contribute to the increased prevalence of obesity in humans experiencing chronic stress or atypical depression.”

Friday, June 24, 2011

Somdev knocked out of Wimbledon singles!

India's Somdev Devvarman bowed out of the Wimbledon men's singles second round with a 2-6, 4-6, 4-6 defeat to 18th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.

It was 68th ranked Somdev's second straight defeat to Youzhny, who had got the better of him in the Davis Cup World Group tie at Moscow last year.

The 26-year-old Indian has never moved beyond the second round of a Grand Slam in five previous attempts. Somdev, however, is in contention in the men's doubles where he is partnering Japan's Kei Nishikori. They face Germany's Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske in the first round.

Somdev, who was making his singles debut here, admitted to having a "tough" outing Thursday.

"Definitely, a tough day at the office for me.. losing in slams is never easy emotionally... now doubles next tomorrow with Kei," Somdev tweeted.

The US-based Indian had an easy first round when his German opponent Denis Gremelmayr retired midway through the second set.

With his loss, India's challenge in the singles is over with its top women player Sania Mirza already out in the first round.

Winklevoss twins are back in Facebook's face!

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss haven't backed away entirely from their epic row with Facebook, despite ending a Supreme Court appeal against an earlier ruling. The Los Angeles Times reports that the strapping, slightly creepy Olympic rowing twins, alongside biz partner Divya Narendra, are trying to convince a judge to probe whether the world's largest social network "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence".

Earlier this week, the Winklevoss brothers and Narendra decided not to appeal against a ruling upholding their $65m settlement with Facebook, after a long-running dispute with the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg. But it turns out the fight, dramatically chronicled in the Hollywood flick The Social Network, isn't quite over yet. In April this year the Winklevoss twins and Narendra lost an appeal against a February 2008 settlement with Facebook, which granted them $20m in cash and $45m in the firm's shares. It turns out in that same month that the men were planning to ask the Boston federal court to look into their allegations that Facebook and the company's legal team concealed instant messages from them during litigation. However, the request to examine those claims was put in stasis while the Supreme Court appeal case remained pending. Now that the Winklevoss boys have abandoned that plan, the case in Boston can now proceed. Facebook lawyers dug out instant messages from Zuckerberg's computer that were later leaked to Silicon Alley Insider in 2010.

"I'm going to fuck them," wrote Zuckerberg in one exchange during his time at Harvard, notes the LA Times. In another, he said the twins had "made a mistake haha. They asked me to make it for them. So I'm like delaying it so it won't be ready until after the Facebook thing comes out." The Winklevoss men argue that they wouldn't have agreed to the settlement had they been aware of the IM exchange. As a result, their oars are well and truly poking Zuck again. Facebook responded coolly to the latest legal spat. "These are old and baseless allegations that have been considered and rejected previously by the courts," said the company's attorney Neel Chatterjee.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Caruana looks to rise beyond prodigy tag

Fabiano Caruana is 18-year-old but few of his daily activities sound like that of one. He has been away from school for almost seven years now, his disciplined lifestyle doesn’t even have any place for Facebook. And being the 28th ranked player in the world, the best for any U-20 player all over the world, he has been earning money for quite some years, a thing that he feels compensates for the ‘normal’ teenage life that he misses out on. Fabiano wakes up each morning to regular chores, six-seven hours of chess and does some gym at the night. Any outdoor activities are occasional and no regular school means no great friends, only some, time-zones away in the United States. For his parents who have retired from work, it’s all about Caruana’s chess and the family has often changed residences to be closer to world class coaches in Europe. From Florida they shifted to Hungary, Madrid and have now settled in Lugano which is on the Swiss border ‘to enjoy the best of both Switzerland and Italy’. Indeed though he has traveled around the world this is the first time he is in India, to play at the closed AAI Grandmasters tournament begining Wednesday in Delhi.

Since he is the highest rated player at the six-player double round robin format AAI Grandmasters tournament, with a FIDE rating of 2740, Caruana has a lot at stake. He has to win at least six points from a maximum of ten available to defend his rating points and hope for an increase. But he has faced such pressure situations before in his 12-year long career and is ready for the challenge. “I think its a tough event for everybody, they are all good, strong competitive players. The last time I played a closed event was in December so I’m excited to play here,” Caruana says.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Powerful cosmic blast as black hole shreds star!

Astronomers have spied a star's swan song as it is shredded by a black hole. Researchers suspect that the star wandered too close to the black hole and got sucked in by the huge gravitational forces. The star's final moments sent a flash of radiation hurtling towards Earth. The energy burst is still visible by telescope more than two-and-a-half months later, the researchers report in the journal Science. The Swift spacecraft constantly scans the skies for bursts of radiation, notifying astronomers when it locates a potential flare.

These bursts usually indicate the implosion of an ageing star, which produces a single, quick blast of energy. But this event, first spotted on 28 March 2011 and designated Sw 1644+57, does not have the marks of an imploding sun. What intrigued the researchers about this gamma ray burst is that it flared up four times over a period of four hours.

Astrophysicist Dr Andrew Levan from the University of Warwick, and his colleagues suspected that they were looking at a very different sort of galactic event; one where a passing star got sucked into a black hole. The energy bursts matched nicely with what you might expect when you "throw a star into a black hole", Dr Levan told BBC News. Gasless centres Black holes are thought to reside at the centres of most major galaxies. Some black holes are surrounded by matter in the form of gas; light is emitted when the gas is dragged into the hole. However, the centres of most galaxies are devoid of gas and so are invisible from Earth.

These black holes only become visible when an object such as a star is pulled in. If this happens, the star becomes elongated, first spreading out to form a "banana shape" before its inner edge - orbiting faster than the outer edge - pulls the star into a disc-shape that wraps itself around the hole. As material drops into the black hole it becomes compressed and releases radiation that is usually visible from Earth for a month or so.

Events like these, termed mini-quasars, are incredibly rare - researchers expect one every hundred million years in any one galaxy. The researchers used some of most powerful ground-based and space-based observatories - the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Gemini and Keck Telescopes.

Herb that can spice up your sex life by at least a quarter!

It's a herb you may have used to add flavour to your curries. But fenugreek can also spice up your sex life, a study suggests. Men taking it can boost their sex drive by at least a quarter, researchers found.Sixty healthy men aged between 25 and 52 took an extract of the herb twice a day for six weeks.Their libido levels were monitored using a scoring system to assess any changes after three and six weeks.

Within six weeks, their scores had soared by an average of 16.1 to 20.6 – a 28 per cent rise.Meanwhile, another group of men taking dummy pills saw their scores fall. Fenugreek seeds contain compounds called saponins which are thought to stimulate production of male sex hormones including testosterone.The tests were carried out by researchers from the Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine in Brisbane, Australia, who said: ‘This study has demonstrated that there was significant improvement in sexual function and performance following treatment.’

Fenugreek is a bean-like plant that grows throughout Asia and features widely in Indian cooking.
Its leaves and seeds have been used to treat fever since the time of the ancient Egyptians.

Somdev expects a good opener!

Somdev Devvarman's journey on grass, which began with the curious two summers ago, where he played a main draw doubles match, has gradually progressed to a place he now calls, 'comfortable'.

On Tuesday, if the weather holds, the world No. 68 will play his first singles match in the competition proper of the Wimbledon tennis championships when he takes on German Denis Gremelmayr, in a contest where the Indian will look to showcase some of the tricks he has learnt along the way.

Somdev, 26, said, "I wanted to get my feet on the grass as quickly as possible, so after the French Open, I flew to Nottingham even though it was only a Challenger tournament. I lost in first round in Nottingham, then again in the first round at the Queen's Club event, before winning a round in Eastbourne. I'm getting better with every match, now I can say that I am comfortable on this surface. I like the way I'm moving and striking the ball."

The US-based Indian pro said of Gremelmayr, aged 29, ranked 110, "He has obviously been around and knows what to do. I expect a good match as I'm sure he does too. Having said that I know that I have the goods to beat him."

Somdev, 26, who has enjoyed a good run on the tour this season, rising to a career-high 66 two weeks ago, said the difference between grass and clay was like 'night and day'. He said, "For me the biggest challenge is in court coverage.

You cannot slide here like on clay, you have to be able to stop and position yourself right. I have been speaking to some of the other players here and everybody is of the opinion that this is the Grand Slam players are least prepared for and that's not by choice. It is just how it is. The weather too doesn't help. We have a limited amount of time on the surface, even for practice, so there's no question of a lazy practice session, every minute is precious and you have to make the most of it."

Somdev, who has been shuttling between the grass at Wimbledon and a nearby indoor facility for his practice sessions, said that when a player gets ahead with an early break, he's difficult to break back on grass. He added, "It's a confidence thing. You have to fight for every point, right from the word go. Because of the weather and the fact that you have to leave the courts and comeback sometimes several times during a single match makes it a mental match out there. Again it is he who adjusts to these conditions the best who survives. Some do it better than others."

Monday, June 13, 2011

Too much fruit juice is bad for your health!

Drinking fruit juices regularly is considered as a good and healhty practice througout the world. But according to the new study, people who consume fruit jucies on a regular basis are more likely to develop health complications than doing good for their health!

The results of a couple of studies have shown that sugar levels in fruit juice could give people “sweet tooth”. According to the researchers, prolonged and regular drinking of fruit juice makes people to carve for high calorie food.

The first of the two studies, conducted by a research team from Bangor University, North Wales, has found that even the freshly squeezed fruit juice contains considerable amount of sugar . According to them, the squeezing process of the fruits will concentrates the sugar that increases the sweetness.

The findings of the second study is same as well. The researchers who conducted this study have suggested people to quit the over consumption of fruit juices. Instead, they suggested dry fruits, whole fruits and vegetables over juices.

Dr. Hans Peter Kubis, who led one of the studies, has said that the fruit juices should be taken off the five a day recommendations, as the regular consumption of juices leads to sweet tooth.

He said, “I’d question the wisdom of including fruit juice in the five-a-day message. The problem is people often substitute them for real fruit which is a mistake.”

Summer of content for Rohit in the Caribbean!

Even as the Indian cricket coach Duncan Fletcher joins the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne in heaping praise on batsman Rohit Sharma, the purists only hope that it's not again just a case of false dawn.

For a batsman of Rohit's calibre, it is surprising that he has had a roller-coaster ride so far in his career and has struggled to foment his place in the Indian national side.

Rohit has inspired India to two of its three ODI wins in the ongoing series against the West Indies with unbeaten knocks of 68 and 86.

But his success in the past have almost inevitably followed a string of failures, which explains why his career still flounders at average 30.63 after 64 games and why he is still not seen fit enough for Tests.

In 2008 in Australia, Rohit played two successive unbeaten knocks of 39 and 70 in a triangular series before his career fell in a mire and only 496 runs accrued over the next 33 one-day internationals with just two half centuries.

Left out in the cold in 2009, he made a roaring comeback in Zimbabwe last year with successive centuries against the hosts and Sri Lanka in a triangular before the almost inevitable rut hit him again - 290 runs from the next 17 one-day internationals with just one half century.

He has now yet again made screaming headlines with two purest of knocks and critics believe that this time it is for real.

"He's far more disciplined now," concedes stand-in-skipper Suresh Raina.

Rohit himself said that he "wants this tour to count" for him.

While Raine feels that "it's the time he has spent with Sachin for Mumbai Indians", Rohit feels missing out on World Cup was a catalyst and that he has worked "unbelievably hard on his cricket in the last three months".

Rohit actually never needed to work on his cricket, for many are convinced he is the most talented young batsman in the world. It's his mind which is said to have been his own worst enemy.

From the time he lazily walks up to the crease; languidly settles into his stance and stroke a few in the outfield; Rohit seems so superior to the mortals around him that he tends to get bored all too easily and throws it away.

He seems devoid of hunger; unmindful of the use he could be to himself and to his country. He has truckload of time and this rare combination of technical astuteness and innovation which Ramnaresh Sarwan concedes "allows him to sneak upon you and within no time he has 40 on the board."

Ironically, the region which saw him touch his nadir in 2009 - only 15 runs from four ODIs - could as well restore him to the one-day side and earn him a Test cap.

On Saturday, after he had sealed the game in India's favour with a winning four, Rohit turned around to pick up a stump as a souvenir. He finally might have begun to value himself, his talent, his team and his nation.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Drink 500ml Pomegranate Juice to Reduce Stress at Workplace!

Pomegranate juice lowers heart rate and helps alleviate chronic stress related to work, according to scientists of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

During the study scientists studied 60 volunteers who had to drink 500ml of pomegranate juice every day for 2-weeks. Pulse rates were measured at the beginning and end of the study. The participants had to fill up a questionnaire describing their mood and feelings about their job.

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Rohit Sharma records 1st fifty against WI!

Suresh Raina recorded his highest innings against West Indies in ODIs, eclipsing the 35 at Dambulla on July 31, 2005. Raina's innings is his highest as Indian captain in ODIs, eclipsing the 37 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on May 28, 2010. The 80-run fifth wicket stand between Raina and Rohit Sharma is India's highest against West Indies in West Indies, eclipsing the 75 between Ajay Jadeja and Robin Singh at Bridgetown on May 3, 1997. India's highest fifth wicket partnership in the West Indies is 122 between Sachin Tendulkar Yuvraj Singh Bermuda on March 19, 2007.

Anthony Martin (2/39) produced his best bowling figures in ODIs. In his previous two games against Pakistan, he had failed to bag a wicket. Marlon Samuels recorded his fifth half-century against India -- his 19th in ODIs. Samuels, for the first time against India in ODIs, has recorded three consecutive half-centuries -- 98 at Chennai on January 27, 2007, 55 at Vadodara on January 31, 2007 and 55 at Port of Spain on June 6, 2011. Harbhajan Singh (3/32) registered his best bowling performance at Port of Spain, surpassing the 2 for 55 against West Indies on June 2,2002.

Harbhajan's performance is the second best by an Indian spinner at Port of Spain, behind Noel David's 3 for 21 against West Indies on April 27, 1997. Harbhajan Singh (3/32) produced his best bowling figures against the West Indies, eclipsing the 3 for 35 at Kuala Lumpur on September 20, 2006. In 29 ODIs against West Indies, Harbhajan has claimed 32 wickets at 33.00 runs apiece. Harbhajan (150 at an average of 31.89 in 134 matches) became the sixth bowler to claim 150 wickets or more for India on foreign soil in ODIs, joining Javagal Srinath (212), Anil Kumble (208), Ajit Agarkar (179), Zaheer Khan (166) and Kapil Dev (153). Suresh Raina (2/23) recorded his best bowling performance in ODIs. Praveen Kumar (2/37) produced his best bowling figures in the West Indies. For the fourth time, India (217/6) recorded 200 or more against West Indies at Port of Spain --their highest being 260 on June 2, 2002. Ramnaresh Sarwan (56 off 94 balls) recorded his 36th ODI fifty -- his ninth against India. India's four-wicket victory is their 40th over West Indies in 97 ODIs -- Lost 54, Tied 1 and NR 2 -- winning percentage 42.63. India have won three and lost seven out of 10 ODIs against the West Indies at Port of Spain.

Rohit Sharma (68 not out off 75 balls) posted his first fifty against the West Indies -- his sixth in ODIs. Rohit's knock is the highest by an Indian batsman in a winning cause against West Indies at Port of Spain. Under Raina's leadership, Rohit has averaged 109.33 -- 328 in five innings, including two hundreds and one fifty. Rohit has received the Man of the Match for the second time in ODIs. He had first got the award against Sri Lanka posting an unbeaten 101 at Bulawayo on May 30, 2010. Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 76 balls) registered his first fifty in ODIs after posting a duck against Australia Visakhapatnam October 20, 2010.

Popularity check on Salman!

How the mighty keep themselves occupied is mighty interesting. Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar, who are (or should that read who were?) die hard Shah Rukh Khan loyalists are now being swayed by Salman's popularity.

Honestly Salman's career seems to divided into two clear slots.Salman before Dabangg(September 2010) and Salman post Dabangg. A trade source says, ``It's like the BC and AD phase of the Lord.''

Having said that the latest development is really amusing. Aditya wooed Salman relentlessly; even used Katrina Kaif's good books to get him to sign Ek Tha Tiger with Yashraj.

And the bespectacled director went to Gaiety cinemas, Bandra, in Mumbai to check out the response to Salman's Ready. Having realised that Salman can bring the house down at the single screens, Adi decided to get a first hand account for himself.

Karan Johar chose Chandan cinema, Juhu, Mumbai another single screen theatre on Friday June 3 to find out the response to Ready.Karan wants Rensil D'Silva(Kurbaan) to make his next film with Salman Khan for Dharma Productions.

Our sourc indicates that even as this piece gets published Rensil will board a flight to Patiala where Salman is shooting for Bodyguard and give the actor a narration.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Aishwarya is pregnant!

Every time the Bachchan bahurani puts on weight, rumor hit the block that she is pregnant. Again rumor is doing the rounds that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is heading for motherhood. But as usual, Aishwarya denied the report. The news caught fire when Ash was in a hurry to wrap up her forthcoming projects, Vipul Shah’s Action Replay, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish, Mani’s Raavan and Rajinikant’s The Robot.

It was even rumored that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked out of Abhinay Deo’s Crooked because she is planning for motherhood. Ash however remarked that the news gained momentum when they said in the recent ad “We have a good news”. Ash further added that she and Abhishek have no any gender (boy/girl) preference and they would expect whatever God blessed them with. She went on to say that Abhishek would make a good father as he is very good to kids.Currently, she is busy for the premiere of ‘Paa’ which is produced under the AB Corps Ltd.

Sonakshi donates KBC money to Salman's charity!

Sonakshi Sinha who sat on the hot seat of Bhojpuri version of KBC hosted by her father Shatrughan Sinha has donated a good sum of the prize money to Salman Khan's charity ‘Being Human’. Salman means a lot to Sonakshi. She idolizes the actor and respects him from heart. She even walked the ramp for ‘Being Human’ and spotted wearing the ‘Being Human’ T-shirt in various occasions. The show is being hosted by her father Shatrughan Sinha. Says the Dabangg actress, "It's a charity I know, trust and believe in. I've seen the money move in the right direction. A lot of us want to help the needy. But how to ensure the money gets to the right place? I know the money is used to help those who need it."

On the show, Sonakshi spoke in Hindi while her dad in Bhojpuri. "I had never seen him talk in Bhojpuri. He did it very well. I'm looking forward to doing a film with my dad." Sonakshi did not reveal the amount she has donated.

Sharapova turns focus to Wimbledon!

Maria Sharapova said she is not too disappointed by her loss to Li Na in the French Open semi-finals and will now turn her focus fully on Wimbledon. It was at the grass courts of southwest London where the Russian exploded onto the international scene when she swept aside Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first Grand Slam title in 2004 as a precocious 17-year-old.

And with her comeback from two years blighted by injury well and truly underway it is to Wimbledon once again that she looks as she tries to win a fourth Grand Slam title.

"I enjoy going to out to the grass from clay," the Russian said."The whole summer swing of things, the warmup tournament and Wimbledon and then the summer swing in the US. "It's probably my favourite part of the season. I feel like I have a lot to look forward to."

In Sharapova's favour is the current weakened state of the women's game with Justine Henin retired, the Williams sisters and Kim Clijsters nearing the end of their careers and with the younger generation, led by Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic still to fully assert themselves.

Although she seems to have been around for a long time, she is still only 24 and, injury permitting will have another four or five years at the top level, Sharapova believes she can get better."I have always said it's a long journey, and there's going to be tough moments," she said.

"There's going to be good moments There's going to be good ones ahead, and there's going to be plenty of good ones that I'm going to cherish. I really have no doubt in that. That's why I go out and I keep working.

"As disappointing as it is to lose, I believe in my game a lot. I know I can improve and improve and get better with every year. I feel like especially on clay I'm getting better."

A title win for Sharapova in Paris would have made her just the 10th woman in the history of the sport to have won all four Grand Slam titles, as she followed up Wimbledon 2004 by winning the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.

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