State HSC results to be declared today

first_imgThe Maharashtra Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results will be announced on Tuesday. Authorities said the results would be declared by 11 a.m. and students would be able to access their results online after 1 p.m. by logging on to Students can view their results by entering their hall ticket number in the blank text box and can download a copy of the mark sheet. The results can also be accessed at and maharashtra education.comThe Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, among the largest in the country, kept thousands of students on tenterhooks by delaying the results. Most other State and Central boards, including the Central Board of Secondary Education, have already declared their results. Confusion over datesOver the past week, there has been a lot of suspense and confusion over the date of announcement of the results. An estimated 15.05 lakh students appeared for the Maharashtra HSC 2017 exams of which 8,48,000 were boys and 6,56,000 were girls. The exam was held over a course of a month between February 28 and March 25. Last year, the Maharashtra Class 12 results were declared on May 25. About 14 lakh students had appeared for the exam while the overall pass percentage recorded was 86.60%.last_img read more

Bentley bliss

first_imgThe Mulsanne with its 505 bhp of max power and 1020 Nm of max torque, besides superb road holding, revels in the Scottish Highlands with short straights, gentle curves and breathtaking viewsThere is a fairytale castle in the background on the banks of a long lake surrounded by lush green,The Mulsanne with its 505 bhp of max power and 1020 Nm of max torque, besides superb road holding, revels in the Scottish Highlands with short straights, gentle curves and breathtaking viewsThere is a fairytale castle in the background on the banks of a long lake surrounded by lush green rolling hills. It’s that part of the country where, on a sunny day, the locals tell you that you are blessed because you’re enjoying one of the two sunny days of the season. I am trembling with anticipation. The locals think it’s because the lake behind me is the Loch Ness and I’ve already had nightmares about the creature haunting its depths.The actual reason, though, is quite different. The trembling can be attributed to two incidents, one that has just occurred and the other that is about to. I have just been out for a ride in W. O. Bentley’s personal 8-litre car, the second of the hundred ever built. This was Bentley’s flagship car; the largest, most luxurious and most expensive car made by the marque before it merged with Rolls-Royce back in 1930! And now I am about to set off in the spiritual successor to the original 8-litre: Bentley’s new flagship, the ultramodern Mulsanne.From the banks of the Loch Ness, I am going to drive north to Inverness, the famed setting of Macbeth, and look upon the North Sea before crossing the breadth of Scotland to the western shores at Loch Ewe before returning to the Glen Ord distillery to sample the best known produce of Scotland). The town of Inverness does not quite fit in with its pristine surroundings; it is an ugly jumble of modern buildings juxtaposed with ancient ones, narrow streets and industrial areas. But I have the V8 under the hood of my Mulsanne and over a thousand newton-metres of torque to call upon. I put the power to good use and let the concrete jungle of the capital of the Scottish Highlands disappear behind me. It is perhaps the picture postcard country that Scotland otherwise presents that makes me want to get away from Inverness. If you ignore the looks, it’s a pretty decent city, and ranks in the top 10 in the quality of life index of British cities.By now, I’m climbing the narrow mountain roads which, after a heavy downpour, are glistening in the harsh sun, a ribbon of sunlight upon the bright green Scottish highlands (to misquote the famous British poet who drew his inspiration from the Welsh mountains). Is this all wrong, I wonder.For roads like these, one needs a superagile, fast-accelerating light car that can play the straights, pirouette around the curves and accelerate hard till the next turn. The Mulsanne, on the other hand, is huge and it takes a lot to get the nearly three tonne mass of steel, alloy, fluids and flesh up to speed before bringing it to a near stop for the tight corner.The stateliness of the Mulsanne makes it fit for the driveways of castles such as the Aldourie, on the banks of the Loch NessThe roads all seem to edge valleys with smoothened out hills on either side with a river or lake keeping the road intermittent company. The countryside looks a lot like Austria; only these hills are lower and more rounded and the greens brighter than that seen on the continent. The men working in the countryside are all wearing netting around their faces. I’m told it is to keep at bay the midgets that breed in the hundreds of thousands in summer and cause huge discomfort when they bite.The Mulsanne, meanwhile, is proving to be quite a nimble vehicle, belying its size. It’s as if the jumbo jet has learnt the tricks of an MIG-29 and is intent on showing off to all and sundry. The car gets up to 100 kmph from a standing start in just over five seconds and, though I am yet to look up the dimensions, the ventilated brake discs in the 21-inch wheels seem awfully large. Indeed, they bring the Mulsanne to a complete stop with just a tremor.Agility coupled with nimbleness, which in itself is stunning for a car of such mammoth proportions, is not the only selling point. After all, a Bentley isn’t a Bentley until it is opulent and stately and luxurious as well. The Mulsanne feels like a barrister’s library from the days when wood and leather were the norm in the lair of every successful man. It is sheer opulence on wheels. While my own indulgence is complete as the twin-turbochargers whirr their way to the car’s unmatched performance, my co-passenger-a gentleman from Dubai-revels in the sound of the 20-speaker, 2200-watt Naim Audio music system.We stop for mid-morning coffee at the house of a gentleman who has already made his millions and now indulges his twin passions: riding classic motorcycles in India and philanthropy. His house is situated on the side of a hill which forms part of a bowl made by mountains.The only way to get here is to follow a river up a valley which ends in the bowl. Only a few families live in the neighbourhood and our host’s closest neighbour is a family which made its fortunes from something called Lego. So it’s quite normal for them to have a series of Bentleys drawing up into their driveway and turning their front yard into the most expensive car park in Scotland, perhaps.The interiors are a mix of fine materials and exclusive equipmentOur lunch stop is at The Pool House, an exclusive hotel overlooking the bay which sheltered many allied convoys during the World War II. Run by a family, it caters to authors and artists as well as the occasional pop star or two. I savour the lunch but am the first one to get back into the car. Not because our next destination is the Glen Ord Distillery, whose biggest client is Johnnie Walker, but because I have just been told something amazing: there are no speed limits over the next hundred kilometres or so, because these roads are seldom used.The road hugs the coast for a bit, before turning inland over the Scottish mountains as the Mulsanne gets its wind, proving its mettle as a Bentley and living up to its name, derived from the famous straightaway and village at Le Mans.Glen Ord is one of the finest distilleries in Scotland, offering two types of single malts, one matured in sherry casks and another matured in bourbon ones. After learning how simple it is to make single malts, I think up the distillery that I will set up back in India. And then I am told the secret to the flavour and quality of each of whisky is the water. Each distillery here has its own source of water, which makes each of its malts unique. Dreams die fast.It’s time to head back to Aldourie Castle and this time I am safely tucked into the rear seat. (Of course I prefer the front right seat of cars in the UK, but the fumes of the single malts from the maturing rooms could have found their way into my blood stream and I cannot drink and drive after all.) To my surprise, the rear seat is actually a good place to be in. I see our chauffeur for the evening, the head of PR for Bentley, quietly turning the knob from Sport to Bentley, a setting that most favours the car and I can immediately feel a cushiness in the ride, thanks to the quickreacting, adaptive air suspension.Ensconced in British luxury at its best, single malt fumes swirling around in my head, before I know it, the car is drawing up to the castle and a bagpiper striking up a tune as the village lasses gather in the main hall to welcome back the lord and dance away the evening Stripping the Willow, a Scottish Highland fold dance where couples weave through a line up of other couples. Did I fall asleep?Indeed dozing off is not difficult in the Mulsanne, the ultimate statement on wheels. Of course, if you want just a luxurious statement, you could buy a Rolls-Royce. But then you wouldn’t get the thrills that come with driving an exotic car. For speed, you could put your money on a Bugatti, but that’s not allowed on a regular road, or a Ferrari, which is downright impractical.Although more refined, the engine has the same configuration as the flagship of the 30sTo make a perfect statement, you need a car that has presence, a powerful engine and unparalleled luxury. In keeping with the times, it should be green as well. And last, but definitely not the least, the marque should have heritage. The Mulsanne, which replace the aging Bentley Arnage, therefore, is the perfect statement to make. Well, as perfect as can be in our imperfect world.To create its new-age car, the company decided to use things from its past as the basic building blocks. After all, a large part of a Bentley is the heritage of the marque.The new car looks a trifle slab sided from the front, more like one of the large American cars rather than a British one. What this front does is give the car a mammoth presence that you’d be hard pressed to find in some of the other exotic cars available around the world. The rest of the car is pleasing with smooth flowing lines that are traditional as much as modern, strong haunches and a rear dominated by large exhaust pipes. The shape of the headlamps are reminiscent of the original Bentley 8-litre. Then, large headlamps were needed to increase visibility and help the driver see better in the dark. Now, on the Mulsanne, it is the smaller, lower pair set towards the outside that performs the function of the main headlamps.The cylinders on the Mulsanne engine number eight and have a basic configuration that is the same as the engines built 50 years ago at Crewe. Although the six- and three-quarter litres of displacement may be the same as that of its predecessors, the engine on the Mulsanne houses cutting edge technology. Basically, the engine consumes less fuel depending on the load situation and can even shut down four of its eight cylinders under 2000 rpm so as to be about 5 per cent more fuel efficient overall. And although the car itself is heavy, much like the elephant or hippo of cars, the 1000 Nm of torque can propel it to over 100 kmph in just over five seconds and to a top speed of nearly 300 kmph.The weight comes not so much from the body as from the fixtures and fittings in this luxury liner of cars, because though the main body is of high-grade stainless steel, the doors and the bonnet are made of alloys, in the interest of shaving off some weight. The bootlid, meanwhile, is made from composites and houses the sat nav antennae. Ingenious methods have been used to make the car cutting edge in performance while preserving the Bentley look and keeping technology away from the occupants. For instance, although the car has a keyless entry, the door handles are made of solid stainless steel-providing the feel one would expect from a Bentley.The car is surprisingly easy to drive. Electronics help keep it stable under hard acceleration and the emergency braking that was often required on the drive on the scenic roads near Inverness. advertisementadvertisementadvertisementThe slab-sided front gives the car enormous presence. It is the smaller pair of lights that form the main headlampThe 6.75-litre V8 engine has oodles of power on tap and the eight-speed conventional automatic gearbox works very well on the Mulsanne. The gearshifts are seamless and, with eight ratios, there is no perceptible jerk when they change. And keeping in touch with its sporty nature, the Mulsanne has gearshift paddles on the steering wheel as well.The drive experience is good and the rear seats even better, but what stands out is the earlier mentioned Naim Audio 20-speaker, 2200-watt music system. Even to an untrained pair of ears, it sounds like the best sound quality experienced in a car to date.The Mulsanne’s suspension is adaptive and you can choose between Comfort and Sport and Bentley modes, depending on your requirements or driving style. You can also design your own custom set-up in case you’re not satisfied with the presets on offer. On the move, the loudest noise comes from the tyres on tarmac, and that itself is slight enough for you not to notice.Although people may have mixed opinions on the looks, there is no denying that Bentley has achieved what it set out to do. The Mulsanne is more than a generation ahead of its predecessor, the Arnage, and yet retains the old world charm of the earlier cars with the technology hidden away behind wood and leather. Not surprising then that the production for next year is already sold out and all you can do is join the queue for a car in 2012. SpecificationsEngine: 6752 ccPower: 505 bhp @ 4200 rpmTorque: 1020 Nm @ 1750 rpmTransmission: 8-speed autoTop Speed: 296 kmph6. 0-100kmph: 5.3 secondsLxWxH: 5575 x 2208 x 1521 mmWheelbase: 3266 mmCrewe cutCrewe is a legendary place. Legendary because the engines built here powered a generation of aircraft from the world wars; because its racing teams have won the most difficult and arduous of races; and because its craftsmen painstakingly craft the interiors of Bentleys and pass their skills with wood and leather down from generation to generation. Close to 200 hours of work goes into the making of each Mulsanne interior. Oxen hide for the interiors is sourced from Scandinavia, where the skins are cleanest and have no insect or bite marks. And then there is the customisation. Buyers can pick what materials they want in their car, and the colours they want it in. It is totally possible to make the Bentley entirely your own and not have another like it in anywhere in the world.last_img read more

Ashes 2017: Umpires told James Anderson ‘You should be able to handle short balls at Test level’

first_imgEngland pacer James Anderson is not expecting any freebies or much of good length deliveries in the next two Tests at Melbourne and Sydney from the Australians.Jimmy was struck on the side of his helmet in the Perth Test as the hosts rampaged their way to a 3-0 lead in the five-match Test series to regain the Ashes. He was later seen talking to the umpires and it looks like they advised the veteran pacer to expect this in Test match level.”I have actually chatted to the umpires about it during this series and they say ‘ at Test level you should be able to handle short balls’. That is a clear message to get in the nets and practice against bouncers,” Anderson wrote in his column for the Telegraph.”I was not quizzing the umpires or asking them to stop it happening. I was just interested in their opinion. I guess we just need to get better at playing them. I have no problem with that. It is part and parcel of the game,” he added.Earlier, Former England captain Michael Atherton urged the umpires to invoke cricket’s laws and protect England batsmen from Australia’s relentless “bodyline” bowling. But Anderson didn’t walk down those lines and said that he is completely okay with it as they have done the same before to other teams.”We have bounced tailenders in this series and at other teams. The only time I think umpires should step in is if it is clear that a player cannot cope with them. Then the umpires should step in more,” said the 35-year-old.advertisementAustralia captain Steve Smith and paceman Pat Cummins have defended their team’s strategy and warned that the bouncer barrage will continue in the final two Tests at Melbourne and Sydney.”We know it will not stop in this series and playing the short ball better is one challenge for the final two Tests when we need to show some pride and prove to people we are not a walkover as a team,” Anderson added.England will expect some relief after Australia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the Melbourne Test with a heel injury. (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

No BCCI, MS Dhoni is not India captain anymore: Twitterati reminds board

first_imgDays after speculation of MS Dhoni’s retirement, it emerged he was still the India captain. At least, according to the player profile information on the BCCI website as of Thursday evening. Virat Kohli, the actual captain, was yet to be accorded that status, as revealed by users on social media.After the goof-up came to light, there was a massive laugh riot on Twitter.Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in December 2014 during the tour of Australia. In January 2017, he stepped down as captain of India’s limited-overs teams and continued to play under Kohli in ODIs and T20Is.There has been some concern over Dhoni’s form depsite a successful 2018 IPL campaign where he led from the front to help Chennai Super Kings lift their third title.There was rumour about #MSD retirement but #BCCI still believes who is the skipper!!! @msdhoni still remains the boss @BCCI #ENGvIND #DhoniRetirementTalk (@ppushp7) July 19, 2018It feels like BCCI wants its previous captain(@msdhoni) to take charge again or they might have forgotten to update their website. However, as fan of MSD we appreciate BCCI for remembering MSD as a captain(Masterofstrategy)#MSDhoni #ViratKohli #BCCI #Indiancricketteam #Captain Mouli Tummala (@mouli127) July 19, 2018He left Captaincy 2 years ago & still BCCI thinks he is the Captain of Team India.This is #BCCI’s official AppAll r Temporary captain but..Captain Cool is Permanent captain of Team #MSDhoni Singh Dhoni (@RinkiMsd7) July 19, 2018However, Dhoni’s profile had been corrected and Kohli given his due status as captain.In the Lord’s ODI, as India chased a steep target, Dhoni was unable to get going and managed only 37 off 59. He was booed by sections of the Lord’s crowd for his go-slow approach.Kohli came to the defence of his former captain and said the team had full faith in his abilities.After the Leeds ODI, Dhoni asked the umpire the match ball and Twitter went into overdrive wondering if that was a signal for Captain Cool to retire.However, the air was cleared by coach Ravi Shastri, who said the former India skipper only wanted to show the ball and to bowling coach Bharath Arun.last_img read more

Hrithik and Pune to part ways

first_imgIndian Super League Hrithik Roshan and FC Pune City set to part ways Last updated 2 years ago 04:35 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FC Pune City, Hrithik Roshan FC Pune City Indian Super League Pune City The Kaabil star is expected to end his association with the Indian Super League franchise after three years… Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City and Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan are to end their association ahead of the 2017-18 season, Goal can confirm.The exact details as to why the relationship has gone sour aren’t known, and when Goal contacted Roshan’s representatives, they remained unavailable for comment.“I am honoured to be associated with the ISL, which represents India’s first effort at professional football. It is definitely the next big sporting brand in our country and will give young football talent a solid platform. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “I hope my partnership with FC Pune City adds further strength to the team and star players’ football expertise,” Roshan had said in 2014 when he was announced as the club’s co-owner.ISL 2015 Player Auction & DraftInterestingly, Roshan was only roped in by the Wadhawan Group after Bollywood superstar Salman Khan stated that he cannot be part of the ISL and Pune City owing to sponsorship conflict.Gaurav Modwel, who serves as the CEO of FC Pune City, chose not to share his thoughts on the above-mentioned issue.The Orange and Purple brigade are among the two ISL franchises who have failed to make it into the ISL play-offs in the first three seasons. They would hope that their fortunes change this time around with the competition being spread over the course of five months or so.The club have made some interesting signings in Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelinho and Marcos Tebar as they hope to qualify for the knockout stages.last_img read more

Syracuse Walk-On Carter Sanderson: Uncalled Travel At End Of SU-Pitt Game “A Joke”

first_imgPitt not called for travel late in game vs. Syracuse.Vine/Brian ShearerThe end of Pitt’s 65-61 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome wasn’t without some controversy late. Syracuse fans online are livid over a blatant travel by Pitt guard James Robinson that went uncalled, with just seconds left in the game. Apparently walk-on Carter Sanderson feels the same way. He voice his discontent about the play on Twitter.You can’t be serious, right? A No call? What a joke.— Carter Sanderson (@TheCarter3_) February 21, 2015The call is very bad, but we bet someone will remind SU’s players to keep their criticism of the refs off of social media. Even Jim Boeheim censored himself after the game.Boeheim declines to comment on the last call. “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”— Phil D’Abbraccio (@PhilDAbb) February 21, 2015Pitt is 18-10 after the big road win.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter An odd twist of fate has led to Mary Harris’ (Caroline Dhavernas) life coming full circle since the death of last season’s nemesis Grady (Greg Bryk). First, his sister Olivia Bloom (Rachelle Lefevre) orders Mary to kill her husband Travis (Ian Lake), then when poor Mary is forced into the act through a powerfully convincing threat she runs into Ben (Jay Ryan), last season’s love interest and the man who almost threw her in jail. We last left off last week with the two coming face to face for the first time.Wednesday’s episode of the Global TV drama picks up with Ben and Mary taking Travis to a remote location: Ben’s secret makeshift cabin in the woods. The TV Junkies were invited to visit Mary Kills People while filming on location in Scarborough, Ont., where we got to see Mary and Ben’s Season 2 relationship firsthand. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Bahrain guest of honor of Assilah cultural Moussem

Manama – The ministry of culture has announced that Bahrain will attend, as a guest of honor, the International Cultural Moussem of Assilah, August 8-22, with an exceptional program. The Bahraini Minister of Culture Sheikha May Bint Mohamed Al Khalifa met, on Tuesday in Manama, with the founder of the Moroccan festival Mohamed Benaissa to coordinate the participation of Bahrain in this event.Bahrain has planned a varied program featuring mainly art exhibitions, painting workshops and short films screening highlighting the Bahraini production, in addition to a book fair and a cultural café. According to the Ministry, the Kingdom of Bahrain will be present in Morocco with its cultural and human heritage through various activities, notably a parade of traditional outfit and music concerts. read more

UN agency expands credit farming scheme in West Africa

12 April 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that its credit-based farming project in Niger has been so successful that the agency plans to scale it up and expand into Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, which are also suffering food shortages. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that its credit-based farming project in Niger has been so successful that the agency plans to scale it up and expand into Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, which are also suffering food shortages. “It shows that growing more food is not the only way of increasing poor farmers’ food security. Simple, storage-based credit systems can also play an important role in improving their livelihoods,” said FAO rural finance expert Ake Olofsson in a statement released today.The financing scheme is built around warrantage, or inventory credit system. Rather than selling their crops immediately after harvest – when everyone else is selling and prices are lowest – farmers can use it as collateral to obtain credit from a bank and sell at a later date when prices rise.FAO started a version of the project in Niger in 1999. In exchange for a bank loan, farmers’ groups left their millet, rice and peanuts in a locked warehouse with keys held by both the bank and the group. The credit gives the smallholders the means to buy essential inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer, for the next planting and also allows them to hold on to the produce longer.A study of the project in Niger carried out last December found that participating farmers had been able to increase their income by between 19 and 113 per cent in six months. Since they were able to buy better inputs, their yields went up by up to 120 per cent, according to FAO.“If done properly, warrantage allows farmers to grow more food and increase their income. Everyone stands to gain, including the banks who are happy because they make money too,” Mr. Olofsson said.He warned, however, that this was not a one-size-fits-all solution. Warrantage necessitates a well-functioning farmer’s association, an interested local bank or other financial institution, and a safe place where the crops can be stored and will not spoil.In addition, the crop price must have a proven track record of rising in the months after the harvest, and the crop must be recognised by the banking legislation of the country concerned.The West African region is facing a severe food crisis as a result of low rainfall last year. UNICEF announced last week that nearly 900,000 children in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, northern Nigeria and Chad are at risk of malnutrition. read more

Locusts threatening Mauritania Niger and Sudan UN agency warns

Desert locusts outbreaks were reported in areas of northwestern Mauritania, northern Niger and northeastern Sudan, FAO said in a statement issued from its headquarters in Rome.”The number of locusts is increasing rapidly. They are beginning to concentrate themselves into groups characteristic of an outbreak,” FAO’s Locust Group said. “We need to address the problem now, before the situation deteriorates.”Desert locusts are normally solitary, scattered insects but when climatic conditions are favourable, for example after good rains and a mild temperature, they can rapidly increase in number, FAO said. After several years of drought, rains have expanded in the affected areas, the agency noted.”This situation has the potential to develop rapidly and it could be a matter of weeks,” the Locust Group said. “We must immediately boost the number of surveys, the level of monitoring and prepare for expanded intervention.””If the situation worsens this migratory pest may move northwards across northern Mauritania into Morocco, from Sudan towards the Red Sea and from Mali and Niger into Southern Algeria,” the Locust Group said.The FAO said it was mobilizing pesticide units in several areas. read more