Cheteshwar Pujara was on top of the world in early 2017. He had broken Chandu Borde’s record for most runs by a batsman in an Indian first-class season after a prolific run against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia at home.In 11 Test matches in 2016, Pujara had scored 836 runs including three hundreds. The next year, Pujara was more phenomenal. In 11 Tests in 2017, he scored 1140 runs and hit four hundreds.But there was a deeper meaning to those numbers when looked at closely. Those runs mostly came at home. In 2016 and 2017, the only Test series India played away from home were in West Indies and Sri Lanka.In 2018, before the England tour, India had played four Tests including three in South Africa. Pujara played all four and scored 135 runs with a lone half-century against Afghanistan.ENGLAND VS INDIA 1ST TEST DAY 1Pujara’s numbers in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa are abysmal. As a number three batsman, he was expected to score big runs consistently. Moreover, he was expected to fill the big boots of Rahul Dravid. Cheteshwar Pujara faced the axed in the first Test between India and England at Edgbaston. (Getty Images)In England, Pujara managed only 222 runs from five Tests in 2014. Besides, in the lead-up to the first Test of the current five-match series, Pujara had a disappointing county stint and failed to make an impression during the practice match against Essex.His poor numbers in tough conditions finally cost him his place in the playing XI. KL Rahul, who enjoyed a sensational IPL season and topped that up with a scintillating hundred against England in the T20 International series, replaced Pujara at number three.advertisementRahul, on the other hand, has made a solid impression as an opener in Test cricket whenever he got the opportunity. In fact, during India’s extended home season, Rahul equalled the record for most consecutive Test half-centuries. In England, there was no way the team management could have ignored him.
Some magazines had markedly strong years, in both ad revenue and, to a lesser extent, page gains. Reader’s Digest Association’s Every Day with Rachael Ray took in $78.3 million in PIB advertising revenue in 2007—an increase of 283 percent over 2006—on 717 ad pages, a 59 percent increase over the previous year. (RDA’s flagship title, Reader’s Digest, fared closer to the industry average, up eight percent in revenue, down roughly one percent in pages.)New York magazine had yet another good year, up 16.3 percent in ad revenue and 4.3 percent in ad pages, overtaking the New Yorker in total reported ad revenue ($227.3 million to $226.2 million) for the first time.Britney and Brangelina made their presence felt, too, as celebrity magazines saw increases in spending. In Touch (up 31.6 percent in ad revenue, 20.2 percent in ad pages) Life and Style (up 67.6 percent in revenue, 39.8 percent in pages), OK! (up 110 percent and 44 percent, respectively) all had productive PIB years.The newsweekly category did not fare so well. Newsweek (down 1.8 percent in ad pages, 6.7 percent in pages), Time (down 18 percent in ad revenue on 6.9 percent fewer ad pages), and U.S. News & World Report (up one percent in ad revenue, down 4.6 percent in ad pages) continued to struggle as news—and marketers’ interests—continued to shift online. Only Felix Dennis’ The Week—the magazine he left out of the sale of his U.S. magazines—registered significant growth, up 15.8 percent in ad revenue and 5.3 percent in ad pages.Other notables: TV Guide—sold for $2.8 billion in December—saw solid PIB gains (up 33.5 percent in revenue, 23 percent in ad pages); Best Life continued to climb, up 61.1 percent in ad revenue (to $35.4 million) on 584 ad pages—a 37 percent increase; and Portfolio tallied $28 million on 656 ad pages in its first nine months in existence.For a full list of magazine totals, click here. Total magazine rate-card-reported advertising revenue for consumer magazines grew 6.1 percent in 2007 when compared to 2006, according to year-end Publishers Information Bureau figures released this morning. But total ad pages—considered the more telling statistic, given the unaccounted rate card discounts doled out by publishers—declined about a half a percent (-0.6) over the same period.Nine of the 12 major advertising categories—comprising more than 85 percent of the $25.5 billion of total magazine ad spending—showed increases. Eight categories bought more ad pages in 2007 than in 2006. Drug companies spent the most on advertising in magazines, according to PIB.“In the face of a weakened economy, lowered consumer confidence and tighter ad budgets, magazine spending held steady in 2007, and even posted a stronger finish in the fourth quarter,” Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and chief marketing officer Ellen Oppenheim said in a statement accompanying the PIB release.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A coalition of defense communities in Texas is asking the state Legislature to include $150 million in the next two-year budget to support military installations.The money would be allocated to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for grants to help communities enhance installations. The request, which represents only one-tenth of 1 percent of the nearly $150 billion that the state’s 15 installations bring to the Texas economy is “a very small price to pay to protect the military mission and jobs at Texas military installations,” wrote the Texas Mayors of Military Communities.“If state investment is going to make a difference in a future BRAC outcome, funding for projects is needed during the FY 2016-2017 biennium,” the request says.With the Pentagon eager to conduct a round of base closures, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price considers the funding a top priority.“Everybody’s had it on their radar for two or three years,” Price told the Star-Telegram. “We just don’t want to gamble on anything like that,” she added.Gov. Greg Abbot (R) has proposed providing the commission $30 million but has indicated he might support a larger investment. The House has proposed spending $75 million on community grants if the funds are available, while the Senate favors investing $30 million.A task force created during the last legislative session called for investing up to $150 million on grants.A House-Senate conference committee is slated to hash out the state budget for the next two years by June 1, according to the story.Separate legislation has advanced raising the cap on grants from the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program. Last month the Senate passed Senate Bill 318, which would increase the size of the community grants from $2 million to $5 million. Related legislation has been introduced in the House.
Loon’s parent company, Alphabet, is planning a commercial launch of the service for later this year. Alphabet Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has recruited some well-known and experienced industry veterans to help get its wireless broadband project Loon to market.On Tuesday Alphabet announced a new advisory board and said one of the founding members will be Craig McCaw, who started McCaw Cellular. McCaw Cellular was one of the first cellular companies in the US and was sold to AT&T in 1994. Also serving on the new board: Marni Walden, a former marketing executive with Verizon, and Ian Small, who worked as chief data officer for Telefonica and is now CEO of Evernote. Project Loon, started in 2016, uses solar-powered balloons as Wi-Fi carriers to deliver signals from high above. In July, Alphabet spun out Loon from X, the division of Alphabet responsible for its most experimental projects, including self-driving cars, internet-connected contact lenses and delivery drones.The company said previously it was planning a commercial launch of Loon later this year. Thus far, the balloons have been used in testing, and deployed for emergency relief, as in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In preparation for the commercial launch, Loon CEO Alistair Westgarth said in a blog post, the company intends to partner with mobile network operators throughout the world. The idea is that Loon can help these wireless carriers expand internet coverage and attract new customers. To do that, he said, Loon needs to add “some serious expertise to our ranks with a new advisory board that brings together top wireless innovators with decades of experience in the industry.”Loon has already struck at least one partnership deal, with Telekom Kenya, to help the African carrier extend its coverage to hard to reach parts of the country where reliable communications connections are absent. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Share your voice 0 Google Alphabet Inc. Tags Post a comment Mobile
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that it believes that the decision to allow Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd to convert its internet service provider (ISP) permit into a unified licence was right, and was not made to help RIL during the 2010 auction.An unknown company -Infotel Broadband Services Pvt Ltd (IBSPL) – won pan-India broadband spectrum in 2010 by paying 5,000 times its net worth of ₹2.5 crore, after which it immediately sold the rights to Reliance Industries (RIL) unit resulting in an undue gain of ₹22,848 crore. Reliance is said to have conspired with IBSPL during the auction, for which a thorough probe is likely to be undertaken.The Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) report said that DoT failed to see “telltale signs of rigging” in the 2010 auctions, according to Economic Times.The CAG has now suggested canceling nationwide broadband spectrum given to IBSPL, which is now a Reliance Industries company.However, Reliance appears to believe that the deal complied with all the rules and regulations and was carried out without any conspiracy.”The prescribed entry fee for migration to Unified License was ₹15 crore. Therefore Reliance Jio should have been allowed to migrate to UL by payment of this entry fee of ₹15 crore and allowed to provide voice services. But Reliance Jio was made to pay additional fee of ₹1,658 crore for the migration,” a Reliance Industries spokesperson told Business Line.”The auction guidelines were applicable uniformly to all the participants. RIL invested in IBSPL by subscribing to the fresh equity shares at par. The entire investment of RIL was into the company and there was no transfer of shares by any existing shareholders of IBSPL,” the company added.While RIL has rejected the conspiracy allegations calling it “bizarre,” Mahesh Uppal, Director of Com First India Pvt. Ltd, a consultancy, said that the report made by CAG will only create confusion for the sector and will delay allocation of other spectrum to the operators.”In the case of the recent auctions, the CAG is wrong. The telecos aren’t saints, but because the sector is so divided with divergent agendas, to suggest that there was collusion does not make sense,” Mint quoted Uppal.
Fars News AgencyVideos and photos showing the 23 crew members, most of whom are Indians, inside the seized British tanker Stena Impero were released by Iranian state media on Monday.The video shows the crew members wearing red overalls gathered around a table as a man wearing grey saying “thanks them for their cooperation”. Fars news agency stated that the man was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Fars News AgencyThe news report also said that the cameraman ordered the crew to not look at him in the video. It also showed an Iranian flag flying on a British tanker. An Indian captain apparently navigating is also seen in the video. Fars News Agency Fars News AgencyOther clips showing Indians preparing food in the tanker’s kitchen area were also shown in the video. Fars News AgencyThe Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, has said that they are working to get the crew released. Consular access to the 18 Indian sailors was sought on July 20.Vessel ‘Stena Impero’ currently stationed at Bandar Shahid Bahonar, a short distance from Bandar Abbas port. Our Ambassador has conveyed all crew are on board and safe. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @AmitShah @DrSJaishankar @VMBJP @MEAIndia— V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) July 22, 2019The Iranian embassy in India has also assured that the crew of Steno Impero were in ‘good health.’ “All the crew members including the Indian nationals are in good health, they are still onboard the tanker,” the embassy said on Monday.The British flagged-oil tanker was seized by Iranian authorities last week. The tanker was captured after Iran claimed it collided with a fishing boat and failed to respond to the smaller vessel. The claim was later denied by the UK, which said that the tanker did not violate any international maritime norms.UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt termed the seizure as “illegal” and said the situation “raises very serious questions” about the security of international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz region.Hunt has also said that Iran considers the seizure as “tit-for-tat situation” following the detention of a ‘Grace 1’ Iranian tanker in Gibraltar earlier this month. It was seized based on suspicion that Iran violated EU sanctions and was carrying oil to Syria.
Samsung Group’s heir-apparent Lee Jae-Yong answering a question during a parliamentary probe into a scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye at the National Assembly in Seoul. AFP file photoSamsung heir Lee Jae-Yong has become a criminal suspect in a widening probe into the corruption and influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, prosecutors said Wednesday.Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the son of the Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-Hee, would be quizzed as a “suspect” in connection to bribery, prosecutors said.“We have decided to question Lee tomorrow morning… as a suspect,” Lee Kyu-Chul, spokesman for the team of special prosecutors investigating the scandal, told reporters.The affair centres on Park’s secret confidante Choi Soon-Sil, who is accused of using her ties to Park to coerce top firms into “donating” tens of millions of dollars to two non-profit foundations which Choi then used as her personal ATMs.Samsung was the biggest contributor to the foundations. It is also accused of separately giving millions of euros to Choi to bankroll her daughter’s equestrian training in Germany in a bid to curry favour.Prosecutors have for months questioned Lee and other senior Samsung officials. The officials reportedly argued that although they were coerced to offer money, they sought no favours in return and thus the payments were not a bribe.Spokesman Lee said prosecutors “left open the possibility” of formally arresting the Samsung scion later.Prosecutors are investigating whether Samsung bribed Choi in order to win state approval for a controversial merger which it sought in 2015.The merger of two Samsung group units—Cheil Industries and Samsung C&T—was seen as a crucial step towards ensuring a smooth third-generation power transfer to Lee Jae-Yong.It was criticised by many, who said it wilfully undervalued Samsung C&T’s stocks. But the National Pension Service (NPS) — a major Samsung shareholder—voted in favour of the deal and it eventually went through.Prosecutors have raided multiple Samsung offices as well as the NPS in connection with the scandal. The fund—the world’s third largest pension fund—is overseen by the welfare ministry.A former welfare minister was arrested last month for allegedly pressuring NPS officials to vote in favour of the Samsung deal.Park, who stands accused of colluding with Choi to extract money from the firms, was impeached by parliament last month but denies any criminal wrongdoing.The Constitutional Court is currently reviewing the validity of her impeachment.Choi is on trial for charges including coercion and abuse of power.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Saturday morning wrapping up her 12-day tri-nation tour to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland, reports UNB.A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the PM and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:55am.Sheikh Hasina left Finnish capital Helsinki for Doha at 7:05pm (local time) on Friday by a flight of Qatar Airways concluding her five-day visit to Finland.Bangladesh ambassador to Sweden, Norway and Finland Md Nazmul Islam saw the prime minister off at the airport. The flight landed at Hamad International Airport at 12:50am (local time).After making a two-hour stopover in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, Sheikh Hasina left for Dhaka at 2:00am (local time) by the special flight of Biman.She went to Helsinki on 3 June on a five-day visit, the final destination of her tri-nation visit.During her stay in Finland, Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with Finnish president Sauli Niinisto on 4 June and joined a community reception accorded to her by All European Awami League on 5 June.On 28 May, the prime minister left Dhaka for Tokyo, the first destination of her tri-nation visit.During her four-day stay in Japan, the two countries signed the 40th ODA deal involving $ 2.5 billion after a bilateral meeting between Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.Besides, Sheikh Hasina attended the Nikkei International Conference on ‘The Future of Asia’ as a keynote speaker, joined a community reception accorded to her and attended a breakfast roundtable meeting with Japanese business leaders.Family members of the Japanese Holey Artisan victims and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka also separately met Sheikh Hasina there.On 31 May, the prime minister left Japan for Jeddah on a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the 14th OIC Summit 2019 held in Makkah.During her stay in Saudi Arabia, she attended the 14th session of the OIC’s Islamic Summit, performed Umrah and offered Ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (sm) in Medina.
Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden speaks to guests during a campaign stop at Clinton Community College on 12 June 2019 in Clinton, Iowa. Photo: AFPTop Democratic US presidential contender Joe Biden expressed support Friday for protesters engaged in Hong Kong’s deepest political unrest in two decades, warning China that “the world is watching.”The international finance hub was rocked this week by the worst political violence since its 1997 handover to Beijing, with the semi-autonomous island’s embattled leader facing mounting pressure to abandon a deeply unpopular plan to allow extraditions to China.”The extraordinary bravery shown by hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong, marching for the civil liberties & autonomy promised by China is inspiring,” tweeted the former US vice president, who is the leading Democrat in the race to challenge president Donald Trump in 2020.”And the world is watching,” Biden added. “All of us must stand in support of democratic principles and freedom.”The veteran Democrat weighed in with his comments two days after Trump offered a cautious response to what he said were “massive” demonstrations, saying he hoped protesters could “work it out with China.”On Wednesday, as opposition to the extradition bill grew within an unusually wide cross section of residents, tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets.The following day, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington sought to reaffirm US commitment to democracy and human rights in Hong Kong, introducing a measure that would also threaten to remove the territory’s status as a US special trading partner.Beijing on Friday denounced what it called “violent interference” by US lawmakers, who are critical of what they see as a worsening human rights environment in Hong Kong.