Month: November 2019

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat believes Jack Rodwell has what it takes to be “an excellent player” for Roma. Rodwell seems to be on the verge of a surprise free transfer, given Roma’s lack of midfield numbers, and Advocaat – who managed the Englishman at Sunderland – is “not surprised” by the Giallorossi’s interest. “I’m not surprised,” the 72-year-old told Teleradiostereo. “He was one of the brightest prospects in English football and this is confirmed by the fact that he was signed by Manchester City. “After that, several injuries held back his growth, but he’s a player who, if fit, can show his full potential. “He’s an attacking midfielder with a great first touch. He often plays with two touches and and has very good vision. “I was at the helm of Sunderland for only a few months, but he’s undoubtedly an excellent player. “I don’t think he’ll struggle to adapt in Italy. He has the potential to do well in Serie A. “His heavy contract with City slowed him down a bit, but he can be an important player again.”last_img read more

first_imgChris Smalling took centre-stage with a goal and an assist, as Roma swept Brescia aside 3-0 in the second half on Lorenzo Pellegrini’s comeback. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the LIVEBLOG. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img

Stifling security plot

first_imgThe Delhi Police’s Commonwealth Games security package could keep Delhiites off the streets. The police on Monday divulged plans to reserve lanes on key arterial roads for vehicles carrying athletes and officials during next year’s Games.This, city police chief Y.S. Dadwal said, will ensure speedy movement of athletes and officials, and prevent them from getting caught in jams.Sounds good for the athletes but the move will worsen the traffic chaos on lanes used by ordinary motorists, who will have to cede space on already narrow and snarl-ridden roads to vehicles transporting athletes, organisers and officials.That’s not all. If you stray into the exclusive lane, your vehicle will be impounded.To the city’s commuters, the police have an advice: don’t go to office. Go on holiday instead. The police have asked several government and private institutions to reschedule holidays, weekends and work schedules during the Games.”Take the case of the closing ceremony that will be held on October 14, which is a Thursday. We expect heavy rush on that day. So we have suggested that many offices take their weekly off on Thursday instead of Saturday for that week. It will ease things for commuters and the organisers,” Dadwal said, making a presentation before media persons on security and traffic plans for the Games.More than 83,000 Delhi Police personnel, helped by 30,000-odd paramilitary personnel and special commandos, will help ensure all the 17 events to be participated by 52 countries’ athletes go off smoothly.To ensure the safety of athletes and officials, their security will be taken care of right from the moment they step off the aircraft. One terminal-terminal 3-at the Indira Gandhi International Airport will be used exclusively by them.advertisementThe Games Village, where athletes will stay, will be secured by a 3m-high perimeter wall spiked by 1.5m-high wires and CCTVs.Athletes will be given bar-coded passes. Teams trained to tackle bomb threats, chemical and nuclear emergencies will be stationed at the Village.The venues will have a four-tier security ring. The outer ring will be manned by traffic policemen.In the middle ring, vehicles and visitors will undergo multi-layered checks. Next is the inner ring, where checks will become more stringent. Tickets with barcodes will be verified and visitors photographed. Vehicles will be thoroughly frisked.The inner-most zone will be called the exclusion zone. This will be 30m from a stadium’s entrance. Visitors will go through door-frame metal detectors, manually frisked and their IDs checked. Bags and other items will be screened by X-ray scanners.There will be 51 dedicated parking sites across the Capital to accommodate vehicles.Vehicles entering the Games Village and venues will be driven by specially appointed and trained drivers. Buses and vehicles used by athletes and officials will be fitted with special radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. At first, the RFID will be checked before the Village or venue gate is opened.Then, the vehicles will be frisked and the driver’s licence and photo ID verified before the boom barriers are opened. If a vehicle forces its way in, tyre ‘killers’ will deploy to stop it.That’s not all. The perimeter walls of hotels where organisers and officials will stay will be raised, CCTV cameras and watch towers installed. The hotel staff will be screened and issued special accreditation cards.The Delhi Police hope to tap its experience in organising the Republic Day parade for events such as cycling and marathons.Roads will be blocked. Nearby buildings will be sanitised.Courtesy: Mail Todaylast_img read more

first_imgWith the Hockey India (HI) top brass intent on going ahead with its elections without following the sports ministry guidelines regarding age restrictions, the stage is now set for another showdown with the sports body and the government.Acting HI chief Vidya Stokes, 82, had filed her nomination for the president’s post despite her being above the age limit of 70 prescribed by the ministry. Returning officer Justice RC Chopra (retired) on Tuesday allowed her to compete for the post after nominations were scrutinised.The returning officer passed all nominations except those of Mr K Krishnamurthy.That leaves the incumbent Narinder Batra and Gumjum Haider in fray for the post of secretary general.The ministry said that if Hockey India does not conform to the guidelines, they can forget about government recognition.”The government observer informed us that the acting president and secretary general of HI told the returning officer that they did not desire government recognition and grant,” joint secretary (sport) Injeti Srinivas told MAIL TODAY. “They said that Hockey India was registered under the Societies Act and hence, did not have to conform to age and tenure restrictions.” Srinivas said the no-objection granted for HI elections was conditional to the government guidelines being adhered to.”Government guidelines are dynamic. They accepted them then. I don’t know what caused the change of stance now at such a late stage,” he said.The joint secretary was waiting for the HI annual general meeting on July 28 to ascertain which way the wind is blowing.advertisement”We have to decide whether the current view of Hockey India is of the whole body or of two acting functionaries, who don’t have any locus standi.”The AGM will decide whether they want government recognition or want to continue as a private club,” Srinivas said.Mendiratta has said that Chopra has not provided him a copy of his order accepting Stokes’s nomination.Batra, meanwhile, retorted that the ministry guidelines were unfair and added later.”The no-objection letter did not mention the guidelines about age restrictions. They were mentioned in a separate letter which came four hours later.”We had agreed to the guidelines that were in place in January. Nobody has told us the logic about the change in stand,” the HI secretary general told MAIL TODAY. “It’s a democracy and not a dictatorship.” As far as government grants were concerned, Batra indicated that it was the ministry’s duty to support the national game. “If they don’t give us money, we will have to go to the public. As it is, they haven’t given us a rupee since February.”last_img read more

first_imgChasing 276, India were 152/2 at stumps on the third day of the first Test against West Indies at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Tuesday. Score | PhotosSachin Tendulkar (33 n.o.) and Rahul Dravid (30 n.o.) were going strong against the Windies attack even as the master blaster was busy chasing his elusive ton. In the process Tendulkar crossed 15000 runs in Test cricket – the first man in history to reach the mark. In ODIs Sachin has 18111 runs to his credit.India need just 124 runs to win with eight wickets in hand.Earlier, Test debutant R Ashwin’s spin proved rather tough for the touring Windies side to handle as they lost six wickets trying to read his off-breaks and disguised carom balls in the innings.Post R Ashwin’s impressive bowling performance that even saw him scalp dangerman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, India openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir got busy chipping away from the 276 runs target.The two openers helped India past the 50-run mark, but no sooner had they touched the target that, Gambhir departed with offie Marlon Samuels trapping the opener leg before on 22.Post Gambhir’s dismissal Sehwag and Rahul Dravid batted with precision and timing to help India reach a comfort zone, but just when India were five runs short off 100, Dravid fell to a Darren Sammy delivery. The ball was angled into him and crashed against his stumps as Sehwag departed on 55 and India lost their second wicket on 95.Soon India’s total was past 100, but the men in the middle – Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, chasing his elusive 100th ton, were thaking no chances and were busy batting with caution.advertisementThe batsmen batted steadily as the final overs of the day approached. Sachin was still on course for his 100th ton but in the process crossed another milestone – 15000 runs in Test cricket.The Master Blaster scored a single off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to reach the milestone in the 40th over of the second innings.At close India were batting on 152/2 with Tendulkar and Dravid in the middle.West Indies second inningsEarlier, R Ashwin completed a five-for in the second innings as the Windies were all out for 180 – a combined lead of 275 runs.The Windies started the day with a lead by 116 runs in the second innings and had 8 wickets in hand.On Monday, the second day of the Test match, as many as 17 wickets fell in the day, 10 from the Indian camp and seven from the West Indies camp even as the Kotla pitch has come under a lot of flak.Early on Tuesday, pacer Ishant Sharma got rid of Fidel Edwards utilising the early morning nip in the air. Fidel edged the ball that came in a flash and captain MS Dhoni did the rest behind the stumps. West Indies lost their third wicket on 26.Post, Fidel’s fall, the other Edwards, Kirk too departed and this time too it was a paceman who accounted for the wicket. The in-swinger off Umesh Yadav uprooted Kirk’s off stump, giving Yadav his maiden Test wicket. Kirk fell for 33 and West Indies lost their fourth wicket of the second innings on 53.Soon things started to turn India’s way with the spinners too coming into the thick. And it was R Ashwin who struck next getting rid of Darren Bravo leg before to reduce the visitors to 63/5. Four balls later he struck again to get rid of new man Marlon Samuels with his carom ball striking against the timber and the Windies were down to 63/6.Paceman Yadav hadn’t finished. A few minutes later, he came around to get rid of Carlton Baugh with skipper Dhoni performing the final honours behind the stumps and WI were down to 84/7 in the second innings. West Indies were leading by 179 runs at the stage.At lunch, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and captain Darren Sammy were at the crease with 109/7 on board – a lead of 204 run in the second innings.Immediately into the second session offie R Ashwin, who is deriving a good bounce on the wicket got rid of dangerman Chanderpaul three runs short of his half-century and West Indies were down to 124/8 with their tail-ender coming to the fore.Post that fall WI skipper Darren Sammy got on with the task of upping the scoring rate and he was going strong with boundaries coming nice and easy.But Ashwin had another plan, his carom ball did the trick again and before Sammy could realise his off-stump was uprooted. He fell for 42 and West Indies went down to 157/9 with Ashwin scalping his fifth victim in the innings.advertisementTail-enders Ravi Rampaul and Devendra Bishoo put on 23 runs for the 10th wicket as the West Indies put on 180 runs in the second innings setting up a target of 276 runs for the hosts. Rampaul became Ashwin’s 9th victim in the match.last_img read more

first_imgAmidst growing resentment over Dow Chemicals’ association with the London Olympics, the IOA’s Executive Board on Thursday decided to write a “strong” protest letter to the IOC, seeking the removal of the company as a sponsor of the Games next year.IOA Executive Board met here on Thursday to discuss the matter and has now left it to its General Body to take a final decision on the vexed issue.”We will write a strong letter to IOC about the Dow Chemicals association with the Olympic Games. It will convey the strong sentiments of the Indian people in this regard. The executive has also decided to discuss the issue and leave it to the IOA General Body,” a top IOA source said after the meeting here.The Board, however, is not in favour a boycott of the Games.”The members are not in favour of a boycott of the Games as it would be unfair on the athletes and go against the spirit of the Olympic movement. The Executive also discussed the Sports Ministry’s letter asking it to disassociate itself from Dow Chemicals,” the source said.The IOA’s AGM will start later in the day and will continue tomorrow. An official press conference is scheduled for tomorrow.The Executive also discussed the Sports Ministry’s letter which had told the IOA to covey the Indian resentment to the IOC over a company linked with Union Carbide, which was responsible for the death of thousands in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.Earlier, IOA Acting President V K Malhotra had demanded Dow’s removal as an Olympic sponsor.advertisement”Olympics are about love, brotherhood and transparency and this company (Dow) is linked with another which was responsible for killing thousands of Indian people. It’s unacceptable that such a company is a sponsor in the Olympics.So we will ask the London organisers to remove the company from being a sponsor,” Malhotra had said.last_img read more

first_imgThe series is out of grasp but Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said the debacle has not affected his team’s motivation and it is focussed on winning the fourth and final Test to avoid a whitewash against Australia.”Every Test is special. You have to be motivated. There is no lack of motivation. You shouldn’t be playing cricket if you are not motivated,” said Gambhir after the team’s practice session ahead of the match starting here on Tuesday.”The thing is, you don’t get bad in one or two series.Just two series back, we were the world’s best. That’s when your character comes out?you try to back each other and support each other. Back your own team when the entire squad is down,” he added.Gambhir said he puts a lot of premium on his side doing well here — more than even the elusive 100th international hundred of Sachin Tendulkar.”It’s more satisfying for me if India wins the Test than if Tendulkar scores his 100th century. When you play for the country, you want the team to win and not individuals to get records.”The 0-3 scoreline hurts far more than Tendulkar not getting his 100. If India can make it 1-3, it would be far satisfying than if Tendulkar gets his hundred (and India ends up still losing).”Gambhir conceded that the the Australian attack has been a cut above the rest but yearned for that one session which could turn thing around in the final Test.advertisement”In England, there was a lot of lateral movement. Here, they had an inexperienced attack. But they have been tremendous and never let us off the hook. They always kept us under pressure, even with three seamers and a spinner,” said Gambhir.”They have kept coming at us. There were no easy runs even in the middle session. In the first session, it always does a bit but then it gets flatter. Still, credit to them, they were hitting those areas even in the middle session and not allowing us to score freely,” Gambhir said.”Indians are known to bat freely. We have a middle order who are boundary-hitters. But they never let us hit those boundaries.”The left-handed opener still believed things change in international cricket quickly and his team has the wherewithal to turn around the corner.”It’s a new Test and we have to be positive. There’s a month and a half of cricket still left in the series and we have to look to do well here and carry the momentum in one-dayers.”I haven’t seen the wicket but they have given us sporting wickets in this series…one good session could turn things around. We have seen it in India where we were made to follow on and went on to win the Test.”Gambhir admitted his form has been disappointing in the series and he was nervous to start with. But things have picked up lately for him.”The conditions are very different. There’s a lot of bounce. To start with, you are far more nervous and in anxiety poke at the ball.”Gradually, you get the feel of bowlers and what’s their game plan. I hadn’t known it at the start of the series. Then you start preparing differently and work out the areas where you could score runs.”It was disappointing initially but then after Sydney, I felt far more comfortable in first innings in Perth.”The Delhi opener though has no plans to change his batting style for the series.last_img read more

2012 India ideas: Adventure

first_imgHere are some adventure options for all adventure junkies.Udaipur with Karisma Kapur1. For its amazing local food and The Oberoi, Udaivilas.Andaman anf Nicobar Islands2. Seasoned scuba divers love the clear waters around Barren Island and Narcondam Island. Write to info@diveindia.com or dive@barefootindia.com to book a session.3. India’s only active volcano is also on the picturesque Barren Island. And the best views can be had from the Pawan Hans Cessna flight that flies daily from Port Blair. The flights don’t operate during monsoon. http://tourism.andaman.nic.in4. Watch elephants being trained for logging as you trek the Madhuban nature trail on Mount Harriet, 55 km by road from Port Blair. Saddle Peak, the highest peak in the archipelago, is also a good day trek option. For other trekking routes, check http://tourism.andaman.nic.in5. Snorkelling, diving, canoeing… You name it and the beautiful Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor, 30 km from Port Blair, offers it. The park is also known for its birding sites. At last count, more than 100 species were spotted here. None of these activities, however, can be done during the monsoon.Arunachal Pradesh6. Dramatic scenery. Challenging rapids. A great adrenaline high. That’s the gist of white water rafting on the Subansiri, the biggest tributary of the Upper Brahmaputra. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted.7. Equally exciting is the 180-km run on the Brahmaputra from Tuting to Pasighat. Some of the rapids en route have interesting names: Moing Madness, Zebra Rock and Pulsating Palisi.8. One of the most scenic trekking routes in Arunachal is the one that connects Tezpur (in Assam) to Tawang, via Bhalukpong and Bomdila. The road ends at the Tawang gompa, one of the most revered institutions for Mahayana Buddhism. Catch your breath in the prayer hall before you trek back.9. For bragging rights, walk the Bailey’s, Asia’s longest suspension bridge (320 ft long) across the turbulent Deopani river. Go for a practice session at the shorter suspension bridge near the pretty town of Daporijo on the Upper Subansiri.10. Spread over only 8 sq km, the Glow Lake on the steep Chongkham-Wakro Road is a beautiful spot for a picnic. Trekking is the only way to reach this place carpeted with flowers and snow-clad mountains as a backdrop. In Lohit district.Bihar11. Retrace the footsteps of legendary Chinese chronicler Hieun Tsang across 36 sites in Nalanda district. The trail takes you through hilly tracts and forests. E-mail: nepura@exploreruralindia.org; Tel: (0) 94312 70891Chhattisgarh12. Go down a cubby hole to enter a breathtaking world of limestone formations at the 40-ft deep Kutumsar Cave. At Kanger Valley National Park, 38 km from Jagdalpur.Goa13. Don’t worry about cliches. Diving rarely gets better than in Goa. We recommend the Grande Island and the Sao Jorge Island. www.barracudadiving.com 14. An offbeat Goa experience, and equally rewarding, is a trek to the Dudhsagar waterfall through lush forests. The monsoon is perhaps the best time for this. The waterfall, true to its name, looks like a torrent of milk rushing down boulders.Gujarat15. A horse safari across the Little Rann of Kutch gives you the chance to ride some of the best steeds in that part of the country. Choose from Marwari, Sindhi and Kathiawadi breeds. www.rannriders.com16. Jump off an aircraft at 10,000 ft, only to land on your feet. That’s what brings enthusiasts to Deesa, one of India’s first skydiving zones, in Banas Kantha district. www.sycd.gov.inHaryana17. Not many people are aware of this but you can pitch a tent at Surajkund campsite, more famous for the crafts mela, and go hot air ballooning or quad biking. Tel: (0) 93111 1333318. Try your hand at parasailing in Kanwar Shikha near Sohna, 60 km from Delhi.19. White water rafting at Hathnikund near Yamunanagar is sure to get the adrenaline flowing. Launch your raft at Paonta Sahib over medium-intensity rapids. Perfect for first-timers.Himachal Pradesh20. Paragliding is synonymous with the towns of Bir and Billing in Kangra Valley. The views are simply breathtaking and first timers will really enjoy the experience.21. The seven-day trek to Kinner Kailash starts at Manimaheshwar in Bharmaur district and takes you across the Kinnaur district to the base of the lofty peak. Those up to the challenge are rewarded with spectacular sights along the route.22. Bravehearts can also opt for the eight-day Jalori Pass trek that begins at Kullu and takes you right up to the Sereulsar Lake at 11,500 ft.23. In the same league is the trek to the Rohtang Pass, about 50 km from Manali. The high point of the trek is the sight of the sparkling Doshohar Lake near the pass.24. From Jari in Parvati Valley or Kasol in Kullu Valley, you can trek to Malana, both routes are incredibly scenic. Once you reach Malana, however, you can’t touch anything according to strict local rules! Pitch a tent in the bordering fields and enjoy views of the hills instead. 25. An affair with Himalayan caves can start with Karol Goofa, 8 km from Solan. One of the longest in the region, this one begins at Karol Tibba to end at Pinjore Gardens.26. Beas Kund trek, through Manali and Solang Valley, takes 10 days.27. Skiing on the dazzling white slopes of Kufri, a mere 16 km from Shimla, attracts enthusiasts between December and February every year. Non-skiers can do the pony trek to the top instead and enjoy the views.28. The swirling waters of the Beas are good for white water rafting, canoeing or kayaking. Manali is a good starting point for beginners. www.raftingmasti.com29. One of the newest sports on offer, zorbing means getting zipped into a plastic ball and rolling down a steep slope at Solang Nullah, Kullu Valley. Snowboarding is another sport you can try here.30. Interact with locals as you cycle your way through the high-altitude Spiti Valley. Check www.mtbhimachal.com for trails and route maps.31. Camp at Tabo, also in Spiti, and visit the centuries-old monastery in the village. www.banjaracamps.com32. Rahul Bose Raft from Rudraprayag to Rishikesh, 135 km of pure adventure on the Ganga.33. Make Kaza your base in Spiti Valley for treks in the high-altitude desert region. The village is known for its homestay programmes.34. Test your endurance with some rock climbing in the mountains of the Vashisht region. www.himalayan-extreme-center.comJammu and Kashmir35. Ladakh’s Dah and Hanu villages are home to the quirkily-attired Drokpas, considered pure Aryans. A two-day road trip from Leh to these villages will be an experience of a lifetime. 36. Enjoy a day of easy rafting through the splendid canyons in Ladakh. Choose between Phey to Nimmu, ideal for beginners, and Chiling to Nimmu (grade II/III).37. Camping by Ladakh’s turquoise blue lakes make for lifelong memories. Two popular spots are Tso Moriri, 220 km south of Leh, and Tso Kar, 150 km south of Leh. Both are popular with birders. 38. If camping is too leisurely an idea, you could go biking to Khardung-la, the world’s highest motorable pass. Less than 40 km from Leh.39. For the serious-minded adventurer there’s little else in the Himalayas that comes close to the unique challenge of the Chadar or the Frozen River trek in Zanskar, Ladakh. Not to be attempted without professional guidance. www.whitemagicadventure.com40. When in Gulmarg, take the cable car up to the first phase, Kongdoori Station at 8,530 ft, and then hike/ pony trek to the barren, rocky areas around Khilanmarg. Sit by a stream and enjoy the piping hot coffee or tea served by the locals for a price, one that you pay for a lifelong memory.41. Test your courage with a heli-skiing session at Gulmarg. This activity can be done only from January to March. www.gulmargheliski.com42. Ease the pace with a leisurely trek to Aru Valley, about 12 km up from Pahalgam. A walk by the Lidder, a nap in the shadow of the deodars, chasing butterflies in the meadows and a cuppa in village homes are some of the en route pleasures. Some scenes from the recent Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Rockstar were shot here.43. Though still in its nascent stage, white water rafting on the Lidder in Pahalgam is slowly drawing attention of enthusiasts. The Chandanwari-Nuwan stretch has four categories of rapids.Jharkhand44. A host of activities await the enthusiast at the sports complex of Khandoli near Giridih. You can choose from rock-climbing, kayaking and parasailing.45. Less than 30 km from Jamshedpur is the government-run adventure camp of Turi Tamang, which is haven for rock-climbers.Karnataka46. Ramanagaram, a boulder strewn quaint township 40 km from Bangalore, is where Bollywood blokes Jai and Veeru beat the daylights out of the fearsome Gabbar Singh. Do some great rock-climbing here and also relive moments from the iconic film, Sholay.47. The boulder-specked terrain of Hampi, known for its centuries-old stone temples, is also good for some easy rock-climbing.48. Flex your calf muscles on a day trek to the peak of Thadiyendamol, a lofty hill in the coffee carpeted Coorg region.49. Wait for the first few showers of the monsoon before you go white water rafting on the Upper Barapole river, also in Coorg.Kerala50. Forget the traditional kettuvallam (boat). Cruise the backwaters of Alappuzha, Vagamon (Idukki district) and Thenmala (Kollam) on a kayak.51. Wayanad’s Chembra Peak, almost 7,000 ft high, makes for a good one-day trek. A heart-shaped lake on the way is where you should break for a breather and also a quick bite.52. Done with Chembra, we now move on to two other Wayanad peaks–Banasura and Brahmagiri. A number of streams, rivulets and of course dense forests teeming with wildlife add to the thrill.53. Thenmala in Kollam district is also good for treks. Touted as the country’s first eco-tourism destination, this one, too, is big on forests and wildlife.54. Move over to the beaches of Kovalam for snorkelling. Back on the surface, book a catamaran ride at sunset. The beaches also have many good restaurants.Lakshadweep55. Among the easiest to access because the airport is here, Agatti is snorkelling and scuba diving paradise.56. Set apart from the rest, Kalpeni is not just another beautiful island in the archipelago. A huge bank of coral debris makes it an ideal location for reef walking. 57. Go kayaking or sailing in the shallow lagoon west of Kadmat IslandMadhya Pradesh58. The heritage town of Orchha is also where two rafting safaris on the Betwa are conducted. A 90-minute expedition (3.5 km-long) begins from the scenic Kanchana Ghat and culminates at Shiv Ghat. The three-hour ride (6 km) packs in a breakfast/lunch before its wraps up at Notte Ghat. E-mail: betwa@mptourism.com59. Feast your eyes on the terrain of the Satpuras as you go paragliding from Pachmarhi, the only hillstation in the state.Maharashtra60. Take a glider flight and admire Pune’s hilly horizons from the skies at the Hadapsar Flying Club. Tel: (020) 2699 2048.61. Another adventure in the air worth a try is paragliding at Kamshet, near Lonavala.62. Move 15 km from Lonavala for a trek to the lofty Rajmachi Peak and a glimpse of medieval fortifications atop its summit.63. Trek up to the summit of Tikonia Hill, one of Mumbai’s favourite weekend adventure destinations.64. Since the whole world has taken the toy train to Matheran, we like to do it different. By trekking up Shivaji’s Ladder. The gruelling day hike serves as an alternate access route to Matheran.65. For an ear-popping and almost frightening experience, hop onto a cable car and graze up the sheer stone cliffs to the top of Raigad Fort, 80 km from Mahabaleshwar.66. Go on an excursion to the intriguing Daulatabad Fort near Aurangabad. For a hair-raising experience, make a scramble for the summit of the fortified hillock through a pitch-black tunnel. True adventure!67. Trek to the old viewpoint at Ajanta, on top of a distant hill. This is the point from where a British posse led by officer John Smith first spotted the caves amid the wilderness back in 1819.68. The blend of history and adventure continues with a trek to Sinhagad Fort from Pune. Take in fantastic views of the sunset over the Sahyadris.69. Go snorkelling in the ultramarine waters of Tarkarli beach on the fringes of southern Maharashtra.Manipur70. The most challenging trekking trail in the state lies in the Shirui-Kashong mountain range. It starts from Shirui village, 14 km from Ukhrul, and moves along the path that has many winding trails and steep rocky climbs.Meghalaya71. Each of the halls at Mawsmai Cave, crammed with stalagmite and stalactite formations, is like a world in itself. Note: don’t attempt caving without the assistance of a guide. www.megtourism.gov.in72. A walk to the top of Shillong Peak is something you can easily do by yourself. Security in the area is strict due to the presence of an Air Force radar station. Photography is strictly prohibited.73. Renowned explorer David Scott’s old mule trail runs from the Assam border to the Bangladesh border across the Khasi Hills. The whole trek can be done in five days. Beginners can attempt a part of it. The easiest stretch is the day-trek from Mawphland Sacred Forest to Lad Mawphlang.74. Waterfall hopping, as we like to call it, is almost a Meghalaya exclusive. Elephant, Bishop, Beadon, Crinolene, Blue Heaven, Imilchang Dare… The list is endless. You can start at Shillong and criss-cross the state as you trail the cascades.75. Walk the double-decker living root bridge at Tyrna village, near Laitkynsew. At 59 ft in height and 83 ft in length, the bridge can be enjoyed best through an arduous 90-minute trek. Totally worth the effort, we say.76. More on bridges. This one, however, is made of iron. The suspension bridge on the walking trail to Mawshubuit to Sohrynkham, built in 1927, rises 40 ft above a valley from the middle.Mizoram77. The largest cave in the state, Pukzing is believed to have been carved out of a mountain with a hairpin! Go caving, 25 metres deep, in Aizawl’s western hills.78. Test your rock-climbing skills in the atmospheric surroundings of Phwangpui, the highest peak in the state. Nagaland79. A 15-day mountain biking tour of Nagaland is something that few people have done or even heard of. A tour that starts at Dimapur goes through Mokokchung, Tuensang and Mon districts. Contact Gurudongma Tours; tel: (0) 94340 62100, (03552) 255 20480. Woodcutter trails, seasonal farms, flower gardens… Find all this and much more as you walk into the wilds above the Riphym Tourist Village in picturesque Wokha. The viewpoint above the tourist lodge offers splendid views of a dam on the Doyan river.Rajasthan81. An elephant safari in the forested hills of the Aravali behind Jaipur’s Amer Fort may not be your idea of hardcore adventure, but we like it all the same. Book much in advance. E-mail: udaijit@deraamer.com82. A camel safari from Jaisalmer is also quintessentially Rajasthani. The duration of the safari is entirely up to you–make it half a day or two weeks. www. trotterscamelsafarijaisalmer.com83. One of the newest offerings in the state is ziplining. Try it at Neemrana for an awe-inducing view of the fort, the rolling hills and the valley below. www.flyingfox.asia/neemrana84. It’s fun floating over the tiger haven of Ranthambhore in a hot air balloon. Every second of the 50-minute ride is thrilling. www.skywaltz.com85. Unleash the rider in you with a weeklong horse safari of the rugged Shekhawati region. The pleasure of riding purebred Marwari mounts is the highlight of the trip. http://royalridingholidays.comSikkim86. A three-hour yak safari is perhaps the best way to take in some of the beauty of North Sikkim. The route from Thangu, 30 km north of Lachen, to Phalung is rated as one of the best. www.trekkinginsikkim.com87. Sikkim is full of trekking trails, both for the novice and the expert. A popular trekking route is the one from Dzongri to Goecha-la, which offers superb views of the Khangchendzonga and Pandim ranges. It takes six to seven days, depending on the level of fitness. Beware of leeches.88. Called the Monastic Trek, this trekking route from Pelling to Tashiding via Khecheopalri Lake takes you past some of the most historic monasteries in Sikkim–Phodong, Pemayangtse, Rumtek and many others. 89. White water rafting on the frothy Grade IV rapids of the Teesta and the Rangeet can get the adrenaline racing. www.gurudongma.com90. Short but exciting is the paragliding flight between Thamidara and Reshithang Sports Village near Gangtok.Tamil Nadu91. The Nilgiris have more than 20 peaks towering above 6,000 ft, all of which are a trekker’s delight. Some of the more popular ones are Doddabetta, Snowdon, Coonoor Betta and Mukurthi Peak. Most of these are scattered around Coonoor, Ooty and Kodaikanal.Uttarakhand92. Auli has one of the best slopes for skiing. A course is conducted by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam between January and March every year. www.gmvn.in93. The Jharipani trek to Mussoorie, an easy 12 km, is a good option for keen birders and shutterbugs.94. Though 45-km long, the trekking route to Pindari Glacier, lying between Nanda Devi and Nandkot peaks, is one of the less strenuous in the state. The trek starts at the base camp at Saung in Kumaon district.95. Start from Ghuttu in Tehri district for the 55-km trek to the Khatling glacier. It is one of the best routes for those who love photography.96. A six-day trek to Milam from Munsiyari takes you through many picturesque villages where you can stop for a cup of tea and conversation with the locals.97. Though less-known, the trek to Kafni, on the east side of the Pindar Valley, will be highly rewarding. 98. The trek to the 12-km long Bunder Punch glacier is challenging to say the least. En route is Osla Ruinsara, a gorgeous camping site.99. The trek to Sunderdunga glacier in Kumaon Valley is rated as one of the toughest in Uttarakhand. Sunderdunga literally means ‘valley of beautiful stones’. That defines the route for you.100. At 83m, the bungee jump at Rishikesh is the longest in Asia. It’s 10m taller than Qutub Minar!101. On a different level altogether is the 17-km trek to the Valley of Flowers. Enough has been said and written already about the thick carpet of flowers that line the valley between July and September. 102. The Nanda Devi National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The trekking route to the park from Lata village, where the famous Chipko movement was born, can bring you up close with the meek bharal (blue mountain goat) as well as the feisty leopard.103. Criss-crossed by rivers, the Champawat Valley in Kumaon, made famous by Jim Corbett in his chronicles, has many trekking trails of varying levels of difficulty. West Bengal104. The easy day-trek to Lava-Lolegaon, with Kalimpong as the base, is a good option for debuting trekkers. 105. The Darjeeling-Sandakphu trek, which takes about four days to complete, offers majestic views of the Khangchendzonga and the Everest group of peaks.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe thing about the ‘form’ book is that it is very easy to throw out of the window. At the beginning of the tri-series, Australia were easily the best side, with India hoping the fresher legs would lift them from the abyss they had fallen into, and Sri Lanka were only expected to push both the teams now and then.At the half-way stage, with all teams having played four games each, India now sit on top with 10 points, with Australia on nine and Sri Lanka on seven. With a nervewracking tie against India and a thrashing of Australia on Friday, Sri Lanka have changed the calculations of the tournament and also made it apparent that fortunes change on a daily basis in ODI cricket.No wonder, the silken lanes of Brisbane are abuzz with anticipation of a match among equals, of sorts. It being a Super Sunday for cricket buffs, a sell- out crowd at the ‘Gabba will add some extra spice to an India-Australia encounter which will be a fight for a clear lead at the top of the table.Some would feel India gave away points in the tie against Sri Lanka in Adelaide after Dhoni’s last over six got them a win against Australia. But one positive to emerge out of the close finishes is that India at least got out of them without a defeat against their name.That breathing space is crucial as India have lost only one game so far, as against two for other sides. Add to the mix the injury issues plaguing the Australian side, and India will walk out at the ‘ Gabba on Sunday knowing that the hosts, probably for the first time this summer, will be under pressure.advertisementThe locals here, especially Indians, are ruing the fact that tickets for the match were hard to come by as the series looks on the verge of taking a decisive turn. Those who were lucky enough to get a chance to be at the ground on Sunday hoped for a good game; with a tinge of trepidation regarding the fortunes of the hosts following Michael Clarke’s injury. Ricky Ponting will have the tough task of squeezing every ounce of the XI just 48 hours after the eight-wicket pasting in Sydney.While the hosts have done commendably in the absence of a lot of first-choice players throughout the summer, having Ponting revive a team which is not quite in the ‘zone’ is a tricky proposition. The veteran Tasmanian has scored just 11 runs from four games and will have a lot on his mind regarding his own form.India have a few problems of their own, but they somehow look manageable. Virender Sehwag might sit out of Sunday’s game as well, as he is still nursing a sore back. That means Gautam Gambhir could be spared a rotation-enforced break in his purple patch.The bowling looks in better shape than in the ill-fated Test series and R Vinay Kumar has taken everyone by surprise by emerging as the joint- highest wicket-taker. The bite in his bowling has been even more eye-popping; a far cry from being hit for a six down the ground in his first over on debut in the Perth Test.Despite the negative remarks that came his way after a horrific show in Perth, Vinay felt that he was only worried about controlling his game and not about what was being written.”I don’t think about what people say. Going out there and giving my best is important. I am trying to give it my best in batting, bowling and fielding,” Vinay said here on Saturday.A typical pacy wicket at the Gabba should suit Vinay and with a balmy weather forecast, one can expect him to run in the same way he has throughout the one-dayers.Almost every Australian in Brisbane is wondering why this Indian didn’t team show up during the Test series. Sunday could be the day Team India finally arrives.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Indian spin legend Erapalli Prasanna on Monday backed former captain Kapil Dev’s suggestion that it was time for Sachin Tendulkar to hang up his boots. Reacting to Kapil’s interview to Headlines Today wherein the former all-rounder had suggested that Master Blaster should have retired after the 2011 World Cup, Prasanna said, “To a large extent, it makes sense because it happens to everyone. It is a natural process, not a shame. He is 38 or 39… reflexes become slow. Therefore what Kapil Dev is saying, it makes sense.” “If he continues to fail like this, people will have a wrong impression of him. I think it is better to retire when he is at his best,” said one of the country’s finest spinners. Talking about Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman, Prasanna said, “They also have reached the same age. The same rule holds good. Instead of being dropped… I think that is the worst thing that can happen. If I were to be Dravid or Laxman, I would have called it a day.” To a question on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy, Prasanna said, “See captaincy of Dhoni is a debatable point. His gamesmanship and batting is more suitable to the shorter version of the game if you look at it that way. He will be a better captain to lead the shorter version of the game than the longer version. In the longer version he has not shown the capabilities of openings or wicket fall or for the team to perform better…”advertisementlast_img read more

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