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Sachin: A Billion Dreams: A glorified account of an over-glorified celeb

Sachin: A Billion Dreams: A glorified account of an over-glorified celeb
As I walked out of the cinema hall after watching Sachin: A Billion Dreams, I wondered: Would I have thought differently of this biopic had I not known anything about the person it is based on? James Erskine’s documentary on one of the most celebrated cricketers in the world – one who has achieved a near-deific status in India – went along expected lines. But was that because I, like many Indians and cricket followers around the world, already knew so much about Sachin Tendulkar? How would someone living under a rock for the last quarter of a century, and did not know who Tendulkar was, have liked it? Sachin: A Billion Dreams starts off rather nicely, showing us a naughty curly-haired boy of seven or eight years living in Mumbai’s Bandra suburb, getting up to the usual seven-or-eight-year-old boy things like annoying his neighbours with pranks. This wasn’t the first time I was watching the celluloid adaptation of a story I already knew. The same old path Politically correct Related:  newsroxannepaul89

Smartron A fine deal if you are a die-hard Sachin Tendulkar fan Domestic information technology (IT) start-up Smartron, which counts Indian cricket legend Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and former Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Sanjay Jha among its investors, recently launched the smartphone, “inspired by the dependable traits of Tendulkar”. At the launch of, the company claimed that the smartphone used the best antennas and other security features that made it an all-rounder. Indeed, Smartron has pleased investors with its manoeuvres to deliver solutions ranging from internet of things (IoT) to smartphones built specifically for Indian consumers. To find out, Business Standard took the device for a spin and tested its real-life performance. Watch the hands-on review here Design The offers a no-frills design, with rounded edges and curved sides.

PM Narendra Modi begins 4-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced his four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France beginning tomorrow, which is aimed at boosting India's economic engagement with these nations and inviting more investment. In the first leg of his six-day trip, he will first visit Germany, where he will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel under the framework of India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). He will also call on German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Modi said he and Merkel will "chart out a future roadmap of cooperation with focus on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, innovation and science and technology, skill development, urban infrastructure, railways and civil aviation, clean energy, development cooperation, health and alternative medicine”. Describing Germany as a valuable partner, the prime minister said, "German competencies fit well with my vision for India's transformation." From Spain, the prime minister will travel to St.

100 GB broadband data for Rs 500: Reliance Jio may launch JioFiber by Oct Reliance Jio Infocomm, which has been testing its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)-based JioFiber broadband in select cities, is expected to commercially launch its services by October, according to a report in the Economic Times. Under its base plan, Reliance JioFiber might offer a whopping 100 GB of broadband data for as low as Rs 500. In terms of bandwidth, the JioFibre services are speculated to offer 100 Mbps speed. Recently, Business Standard reported that the Reliance JioFiber broadband services would launch with a preview offer – similar to how the company launched its Jio services -- with free access to JioFiber services for 90 days. Though the services would be offered for free, Reliance Jio would charge Rs 4,500 as a one-time refundable installation charge that will be returned if JioFibre users choose not to continue with JioFiber.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 goes on sale at 12 on Amazon: Here's all you need to know Xiaomi's latest budget offering, the Xiaomi Redmi 4, is going on sale at 12 noon on Tuesday, exclusively on Amazon India. In the first flash sale that took place on May 23, the smartphone had seen a huge interest from buyers and registered a record sales number of a whopping 250,000 units within the first eight minutes. According to, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 had recorded more than 10 million hits per minute on the site, after having received some 2.3 million ‘notify me’ alerts from customers since the launch announcement on May 16. The dual-sim budget smartphone with VoLTE capabilities is the latest offering from Xiaomi and offers an all-round performance. The base model of the device, with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM, is priced at Rs 6,999. Business Standard reviewed the device to check how it matched against its tall claims. The smartphones in the Redmi series are known to offer great features at affordable price tags. Design Display, Software and Performance Camera Battery Verdict

Modi's Germany visit signals Asian pivot for Atlanticist Angela Merkel India is keen to attract more German companies to invest and improve bilateral relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ahead of a two-day visit to Europe's leading economic power that begins on Monday. Modi's arrival comes a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel shocked many in Washington and London by saying Europe must take its fate into its own hands, implying that the United States under President Donald Trump and Britain after its Brexit vote were no longer reliable partners. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also visits Berlin this week, and the arrival of two leaders of rising Asian powers in the wake of Merkel's speech has prompted talk of an eastern pivot in previously firmly Atlanticist Germany. "Both (the German and Indian) governments are firmly committed to strengthening economic relations," Modi said in an interview with Handelsblatt newspaper. "I am very optimistic about our future partnership." "We Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands," she said.

Salman Khan not worried about Baahubali 2 box office record SS Rajamouli's "Baahubali: The Conclusion" may be setting the box office on fire but superstar Salman Khan said he doesn't get worried about the business of a film as he thinks every movie has its own destiny. "Baahubali: The Beginning" released on July 10, 2015, a week before Salman's "Bajrangi Bhaijaan". "Baahubali: The Conclusion", which hit theatres on April 28, has so far collected over Rs 1,500 crore across the world. "After 'Baahubali: The Beginning', we came up with "Bajrangi Bhaijaan". "I have not seen the film but I will watch it. The "Dabangg" star on a lighter note further said, "They (referring to Rajamouli doing one film in four years) do one film in four years, I do two films in a year and the average is that much." Salman's brother, actor Sohail Khan, who also stars in "Tubelight", said it's good if a movie sets a record at the box office. "It's lovely when a film does well commercially as it sets a yardstick (for other films).

Jio effect: Tata Tele's net worth erodes by Rs 11,650 cr The woes of Tata Teleservices continue to mount with its net worth eroding by Rs 11,653 crore at the end of the financial year ended March 2017, on rising losses and interest payments. The company announced a loss of Rs 4,617 crore for FY17, compared to a loss of Rs 2,023 crore in FY16. This is a bad news for its promoter, Tata Sons, which will have to keep investing in the company’s equity so that it can meet its liabilities, bankers said. Because of the price war in telecom spurred by the entry of Reliance Jio, the Tata group company’s turnover declined to Rs 9,419 crore in FY17 from Rs 10,588 crore in FY16. The Tata group company is not the only one which struggled during the year. Bankers said they were not worried about Tata Teleservices’ debt service coverage ratio of 0.18 as Tata Sons always stepped in with funds to pay bank loans. Jio’s launch, in fact, has triggered a consolidation among the current telecom players.

BCCI is following due process, says Virat Kohli on Kumble's contract India captain Virat Kohli said that BCCI is only following a due process by inviting fresh application for chief coach's post with Anil Kumble's contract expiring at the end of Champions Trophy. Under Kumble, India has won 12 out of the 17 Test matches last season and the timing of BCCI's move is being perceived by many as a reminder to former India captain that he won't get an automatic extension. "The process has been followed every single time the similar way and for the past so many years is what I know. Even the last time, the post was up for a change, the same procedure was applied. And the term is one year, obviously, the procedure is being followed in the same manner," Kohli said when asked about Kumble's contract. "So I don't see anything very different from what has happened in the past. However asked specifically about Anil Kumble's contribution, Kohli said that when a team does well, it is due to the equal contribution from all and sundry.

iPhone 8 to feature new display format with OLED design: Report Apple's next generation iPhone will not be similar to the display like the previous devices and will sport an 18.5:9 aspect ratio like LG G6. "The new aspect ratio allows manufacturers to increase the size of a smartphone display while keeping it narrow enough to hold one-handed and still use the keyboard comfortably," reported on Monday. iPhone 8 is rumoured to sport a bold new design featuring an OLED display without a bezel and the company may also move the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone. Apple will also bring "True Color iPad Pro" screen technology to its smartphones for the first time that uses advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the colour and intensity of the display to match the light in your environment. The full spectral sensing ambient light sensor will be added across the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and iPhone 8.

Bollywood Interesting Articles: 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams': Informative, inspirational (IANS Review, Rating: ***) Film: "Sachin: A Billion Dreams"; Director: James Erskine; Cast: Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali Tendulkar, Ajit Tendulkar, Sara Tendulkar, Mayuresh Pem, Mayur More; Rating: *** "Sachin: A Billion Dreams" is a biopic that gives a holistic view of Sachin Tendulkar's life, who is revered as "the God" of cricket by his fans. Structurally, the film is designed as a documentary. This may not be the first documentary on Tendulkar, but probably it is the only one endorsed by him. While the film tells us of his growth as a cricketer which is common knowledge, it also reveals his personal life bringing to the fore his close-knit family and friends.

Modi govt's cattle trade ban to halt $4 bn beef exports, lead to job losses The Indian government's ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter threatens $4 billion in annual beef exports and millions of jobs if the government does not revoke the stoppage decreed last week, according to two industry officials. In the latest setback to the Muslim-dominated meat industry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government decreed animal markets will only be able to trade cattle for agricultural purposes such as ploughing and dairy production. The ban is likely to further alienate Muslims, who make up 14 percent of India's 1.3 billion people, and raise communal and religious tensions. Hindu hardliners and cow vigilante groups have been increasingly asserting themselves since Modi's Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014. Most of India's beef comes from water buffalo rather than cows, which are considered holy by Hindus, but local cattle traders and slaughterhouses have repeatedly come under attacks from activist groups that oppose the meat trade.

Movie review: Wonder Woman reinvigorates tired superhero conventions “Wonder Woman! All the world’s waiting for you,” rang the theme song to the classic 1970s television show as one-time Miss World America, Lynda Carter, transformed into the star-spangled superhero. Yet while gun-toting raccoons headline today’s superhero movies, the world has waited a long time for its most famous female superhero to receive a dedicated film. Female superheroes have been confined to sidekick roles (Black Widow is the highest profile Avenger without her own movie) or relegated to TV (where Jessica Jones and Supergirl kick ass on a weekly basis). Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is the first major female-led superhero movie - and as a hero, her antecedents reach back to the suffragettes. As historian Jill Lepore details in The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the formative years of Wonder Woman’s creator, psychologist William Moulton Marston, took place against the backdrop of the suffragette movement. Wonder Woman, the world’s no longer waiting for you.

ITC Q4 net up 12% at Rs 2,669 crore Marginally beating the Street’s estimates, Kolkata-based FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) major, ITC posted a 12.3 per cent rise in its net profit at Rs 2,669.47 crore for the quarter ended March 31 (Q4), while its income from operations rose 6.15 per cent at Rs 15,008.82 crore for Q4. The company’s net profit in the corresponding quarter of FY16 stood at Rs 2,380.68 crore while total income from operations came in at Rs 14,510.01 crore. Analysts said the Street was expecting a one-two per cent decline in cigarette volumes, but the company was able to hold its ground. However, ITC said the legal cigarette industry remained severely impacted due to the cumulative impact of steep increase in taxation, intense regulatory pressures and the tight liquidity conditions — especially in the wholesale channel — prevailing in the market during the latter half of the year.