Unique variety of pumpkin developed

first_imgThe Ludhiana-based Punjab Agricultural University has developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have a hard seed coat. “Plants of cucurbit family have a thick and leathery seed coat. Decorticated seeds of muskmelon, watermelon, longmelon and cucumber are commonly used for confectionery and home preparations in India. We have now developed a unique pumpkin variety that does not have the hard seed coat and can be used as it is. The Research Evaluation Committee and the State Varietal Approval Committee has approved this variety for cultivation in Punjab,” said Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Head of Department of Vegetable Science at PAU. Mr. Dhatt said it is the first variety of ‘soft’ seeded pumpkin in India and its cultivation at commercial level will meet the domestic requirement of snack seed and bakery industry as well as offer opportunities for exports. “Raw or roasted pumpkin seeds are used as snack food in many parts of the world. It is also used for cooking, baking, nutrient supplement and functional agent. Oil of pumpkin seeds is used in cooking and salad dressing, particularly in Europe and America,” he said, adding that export possibilities of this seed could help farmers in boosting their income.last_img read more

US Offers Big-ticket Military Tie-ups With India

first_imgThe US has now proposed joint development and production of futuristic military helicopters as well as infantry combat vehicles in the first such big-ticket programmes under the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative Related Itemslast_img

Christian Pulisic Becomes Youngest Chelsea Player to Score Premier League Hat-trick as They Thrash Burnley

first_imgBurnley: Christian Pulisic hit a hat-trick to inspire Chelsea’s impressive 4-2 win at Burnley as the US winger enjoyed his Premier League breakthrough moment on Saturday.After going nine games without scoring for his new club, Pulisic tore Burnley to shreds at Turf Moor to notch the first treble of his career. Pulisic had endured a slow start following his move from Borussia Dortmund as the heir to former Blues star Eden Hazard, but this virtuoso display suggested he could live up to the hype.The £58 million ($74 million) signing, who spent the second half of last season with Dortmund after agreeing the Chelsea switch in January, had started only one match since the end of August and that was against Grimsby in the League Cup.But Frank Lampard admitted this week the 21-year-old “deserved” a chance to start after he came off the bench to set up Michy Batshuayi’s winner against Ajax in the Champions League.Pulisic replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi as Lampard made one change to the team that won in Amsterdam and he seized his chance, becoming the youngest Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick.Pulisic’s spotlight-stealing contribution was followed by a goal for Willian as Chelsea set a new club top-flight record of four consecutive away victories with three or more goals in each game.A souvenir for the hat-trick hero – @cpulisic_10! ⚽️#BURCHE pic.twitter.com/DCI0modqzu— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 26, 2019 Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil reduced the deficit for Burnley, but Chelsea are fourth in the league after a seventh successive win in all competitions.Pulisic quickly illuminated a dank evening in Lancashire when his incisive run set up Mason Mount’s blocked shot.It was a warning that Burnley failed to heed and Pulisic put Chelsea ahead in the 21st minute.When Matt Lowton dithered in possession near the centre circle, Pulisic pounced to rob the Burnley defender as he stumbled to the turf.EYE-CATCHING PULISICPulisic accelerated into the penalty area and kept James Tarkowski at bay with a step-over before drilling a left-foot shot across Burnley keeper Nick Pope and into the far corner.It was a landmark moment for Pulisic as he became the first American to score for Chelsea in the Premier League.Pulisic was a constant menace and he tested Pope with a snap-shot, but Burnley should have been level moments later.Ben Mee’s header reached Ashley Barnes at the far post, only for the striker to nod wide of the empty net from virtually on the line.Pulisic’s direct, pacy thrusts were proving impossible for Burnley to subdue and Tammy Abraham fired just wide after another eye-catching run from the American.On the stroke of half-time, Pulisic doubled Chelsea’s lead with a fine solo effort.Willian intercepted Tarkowski’s wayward pass and found Pulisic, who raced towards the Burnley area and drilled a low strike that took a deflection off Mee on its way past Pope.Barnes and Rodriguez forced saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga after the interval.But as they did against Ajax in midweek, Lampard’s men kept their composure before Pulisic delivered the knockout blow in the 56th minute.Mount’s cross was cleared back to the midfielder and he curled over a cross that Pulisic met with a well-timed glancing header past Pope.Chelsea were carving through the Burnley defence and Willian made it four in the 58th minute when the Brazilian took Abraham’s pass and slammed a low shot into the far corner.Burnley suddenly came to life in the closing moments and Rodriguez struck with a 25-yard thunderbolt in the 86th minute.McNeil got Burnley’s second with a deflected 89th minute effort, but that failed to take the gloss off Pulisic’s day to remember. BurnleychelseaChristian PulisicEPL First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:31 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Jimmy Alapag ‘ready’ for challenge if chosen as next Gilas coach

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Several names have been floated around as Guiao’s replacement including the likes of Tab Baldwin, Tim Cone, Ryan Gregorio, and Jimmy Alapag.Alapag has been in the program the longest since he played in the earliest iterations of the team in the late 2000s and was also a part of the coaching staff during his post-playing days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Alapag, who’s now a member of the Fiba Players’ Commission and an assistant coach with San Miguel, said he’d be ready to replace Guiao if he’s given the chance to call the shots for Gilas.“I would be ready,” said Alapag Tuesday at Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion here during the press conference for the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12. “It’s been very humbling and I feel very honored that people have thrown my name into consideration.” Alapag won three medals, two silvers and a bronze with Gilas and his most iconic stint was the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship in Manila where the team’s second-place finish booked them a slot to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Greece.It was in Greece that Alapag captained Gilas to a 1-4 finish in the tournament with their lone win being an 81-79 victory over Senegal.Alapag, though, knows the gravity of his potential employment since he doesn’t have control over his fate.“It’s a unique opportunity but it also comes with a huge responsibility,” said Alapag. “We all know how passionate we are for the game of basketball. Obviously I wouldn’t go into that position by myself.”“Whoever is the future coach would need help going forward especially we’re hosting the 2023 World Cup.”ADVERTISEMENT Senate panel ready to craft report on ‘dissolution of marriage’ PLAY LIST 01:53Senate panel ready to craft report on ‘dissolution of marriage’00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Taking his shot: Michael Jordan, NBA owners, enter tequila business This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MACAU—The Philippine national basketball team is still looking for a coach after Yeng Guiao resigned from the post after Gilas’ 0-5 campaign in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Triumph launches Street Triple RS in India

first_imgTriumph Motorcycles India has launched the Street Triple RS at a price of Rs 10.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The RS is the second variant of the latest generation Street Triple to be launched in India after the Standard Street Triple S was launched earlier this year. The two motorcycles share the same liquid cooled 765cc, 12-valve, in-line 3-cylinder engine and the chassis but the RS version chugs out 121bhp at 11,700rpm and a peak torque of 77Nm at 10,800rpm. The RS also gets dual 310mm Brembo discs at the front and a single 220mm fixed disc at the back.  Furthermore, the Street Triple RS gets a 5-inch full colour TFT screen which works as an instrument console and can be programmed in three different styles, and contains two different themes with adjustable contrast. The Street Triple RS also gets switchable traction control and ABS and ride-by-wire tech. Also, the RS gets five riding modes – road, rain, sport, track, and individual. The Street Triple RS will be available in two colour options – matt silver ice, and phantom black. The bike will also get a body coloured cowl for the pillion seat. Triumph will be offering over 60 custom accessories for the RS which includes Arrow exhausts, swingarm protector kit, and so on. The rivals for the RS would be the Ducati Monster 821, and the Kawasaki Z900 in the naked sports middleweight segment in India.last_img read more


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BlackBerry Key2 Lite leaked in live image, tipped to launch at IFA 2018

first_imgIt has been only a little over a month since the BlackBerry Key2 was announced, but we’re already starting to hear some details regarding a “Lite” version of the phone. Noted tipster Evan Blass has been taking some interest on BlackBerry’s plans for a while now. A few hours ago, the tipster tweeted a live image of the alleged BlackBerry Key2 Lite, which is codenamed Luna, from the back along with a few details.The live image shows the BlackBerry Key2 Lite from the back. You notice the textured back, but it’s not the kind of diamond patterned textured back as we have seen on the Key2. The frame is in red which is one of the three colour options that the Key2 Lite is tipped to come in, the other two being blue and copper, as per Blass’ tweet. The tipster does not provide any more details regarding the phone or what it will be packing inside, apart from the fact that it will sport a form factor similar to the Key2, which means you can expect a 4.5-inch display on the top and a QWERTY keypad on the bottom half of the device.Alleged BlackBerry Luna, a.k.a. the “KEY2 Lite” (Lite and not Mini ‘cuz they supposedly have the same form factor). Said/shown to come in red, blue, and copper. pic.twitter.com/fMza9pAAZCEvan Blass (@evleaks) July 18, 2018Blass adds that the BlackBerry Key2 Lite may see a late August or early September launch, which could mean an IFA 2018 unveiling is on the cards. It will be interesting to see the kind of hardware the BlackBerry Key2 Lite will bring considering the Key2 does not pack flagship specs itself. At around $650, the Key2 offers a Snapdragon 660 chipset combined with 6 gigs of RAM. That’s a pretty steep pricing for a phone that does not offer a flagship-level chipset. The Key2 Lite is expected to be a toned down version of the Key2 so one can expect a downgraded chipset and lesser memory, among other things.advertisementEarlier this week Blass also tweeted that the rumoured BlackBerry Ghost and Ghost Pro from India’s Optiemus will be called BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X when it starts shipping. One of the models is also tipped to a large 4,000mAh battery and the dual rear camera system will feature low-light enhancements and optical zoom.last_img read more

South African Reeza Hendricks smashes fastest ODI hundred by a debutant

first_imgSouth Africa’s Reeza Hendricks etched his name in the record books on his one day international debut against Sri Lanka in the third match of the series in Kandy.Hendricks smashed the fastest century by a debutant off just 88 balls at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Sunday.Hendricks blasted 102 off 89 balls to become the third South African and 14th overall to score a hundred on debut. The two other South Africans to previously achieve the feat were Colin Ingram in 2010 and Temba Bavuma in 2016.Hendricks’ sizzling century helped South Africa take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series with a 78-run victory.The No.3 batsman was one of the four South African batsmen to post a 50-plus score as they amassed 363/7.READ – 3rd ODI: Reeza Hendricks hundred helps South Africa win series vs Sri LankaThat was about as perfect as you get for a debut @reezahendricks tries his best to sum it up #ProteaFire #SLvSA #Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/lDp746KQTOCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 5, 2018The tourists then returned to bowl out Sri Lanka for 285 in the 46th over to record their third successive victory in the series.Put into bat on a flat track, Hendricks and Hashim Amla, who made a run-a-ball 59, took South Africa past the 100-mark following opener Quinton de Kock’s early dismissal.Thisara Perera (4/75) removed Amla and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis (10) but Hendricks and JP Duminy kept the scoreboard ticking with their 78-run stand.Hendricks, who turns 29 this month, hit eight boundaries and a six in his breathtaking knock before falling to Lahiru Kumara in the 35th over.advertisementDuminy clobbered four sixes in his 92 off 70 balls as he and David Miller, who made 51, continued to punish the hosts.The tourists really accelerated towards the end of their innings, plundering 71 runs in the last five overs, to post their highest total in Sri Lanka.To accomplish the chase, Sri Lanka needed their top order to fire but that did not happen as Lungi Ngidi (4/57) removed both the openers in his successive overs.Dhananjaya de Silva kept Sri Lanka alive with a belligerent 84 but once he fell in the 42nd over, a ball after smacking his third six, the contest was truly over for his team.The fourth ODI will also be played in Kandy on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Motorola P30 renders leak, shows a very iPhone X-like design

first_imgReports have been coming in hot about a new series of Motorola smartphones in the works. The Motorola P30-series is being tipped to launch soon, but there is very little that we know about the phones right now. This week, some promo material was spotted along with some specs that have made things clearer. We also have some new renders that reveals the P30 from all angles, and it looks like we should expect a very iPhone X-like design.AndroidPure claims to have had access to official renders of the Motorola P30, and we cannot verify whether these renders are legit or not. The renders show that the device will bring an edge-to-edge display with a notch on top and a chin on the bottom, much like every other Android phone this year. Notably, the notch is pretty wide, almost iPhone X-like wide suggesting some additional sensor apart from a front camera and earpiece. The chin will keep the Motorola branding. If the renders are true, this will be Motorola’s first notched smartphone.The iPhone X-like design inspiration doesn’t stop there. On the back, you see a vertical dual camera setup that once again reminds us of the iPhone X. The Moto logo on the back will likely house a fingerprint sensor as well. The renders show the device with a white-coloured back which could be the Ice Jade White coluour reported previously. Some promo images have teased the phone in a Aurora-like gradient colour design similar to the Huawei P20 or Honor 10.advertisementAs for the specs, promo materials have reveal the Motorola P30 will be offered with 6GB of RAM with a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. There is also a Motorola P30 Note in the series that is tipped to come in 4GB and 6GB RAM options while the Moto P30 Play will come in only one option with 4GB of RAM. Another teaser hints at a 5,000mAh battery, which we assume will be offered with the Motorola P30 Note model.Additionally, the Motorola P30 will sport a 6.2-inch display with an octa-core processor. Cameras on board may include a 16MP + 5MP with f/1.8 aperture, and an 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The cameras will get some AI and AR support as well. The device will house a 3,000mAh battery with no mention of fast charging support.An official listing on the company’s Chinese website revealed pricing details of the Motorola P30 phones this week As per the site, the P30 and P30 Note will be priced starting at CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 20,000) while the P30 Play will cost CNY 1,799 (approx Rs 18,300). There is no word yet on whether Motorola is planning to bring the Moto P30 phones outside China. We should know more about the phones in the days to come.last_img read more

Labour Day Message by Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Andrew Holness

first_img Today, as we celebrate Labour Day under the theme: ‘Restore, Preserve, Beautify’, we honour our workers whose glorious history of struggle for justice led to a broader victory for Jamaican society. Story Highlights The 1938 labour revolts on the Kingston Waterfront and in other parts of the island led to the establishment of a Royal Commission of Enquiry, and in that very year the Commission made a trip to Jamaica. Today, we salute the members of our working class whose refusal to accept the status quo of inequality, bequeathed to us a set of freedoms which we all cherish. Indeed, as our Labour Day theme admonishes, we have to “Restore…Preserve… Beautify”. Today, as we celebrate Labour Day under the theme: ‘Restore, Preserve, Beautify’, we honour our workers whose glorious history of struggle for justice led to a broader victory for Jamaican society.The 1938 labour revolts on the Kingston Waterfront and in other parts of the island led to the establishment of a Royal Commission of Enquiry, and in that very year the Commission made a trip to Jamaica.One of the pivotal recommendations of the Moyne Commission was for the adoption of Universal Adult Suffrage and a new constitution for Jamaica.As a result of that cry against oppression coming from our workers in the 1930s, Jamaica adopted a new constitution in 1944 which granted the right to vote to Jamaicans who had no property outside of their labour.The struggle for Human Rights is indivisible. Each generation has a sacred obligation to advance that quest, building on the sacrifices of the past.Today, we salute the members of our working class whose refusal to accept the status quo of inequality, bequeathed to us a set of freedoms which we all cherish. Indeed, as our Labour Day theme admonishes, we have to “Restore…Preserve… Beautify”.We have to restore not just our historical monuments, but our historical memory. We are a great people and we must be mindful of their history and the burden of responsibility it imposes on us.We must preserve our historical heritage, making the relevant links so our young people can draw inspiration from the courage, tenacity and resilience shown by their forebears. And we must beautify not only our physical environment but our spirit; with the fragrance of optimism, faith, resourcefulness, dignity and good neighbourliness.We must never succumb to the spirit of defeat. We must meet fear with faith as we pursue economic prosperity. Martin Luther King Jnr was fond of quoting these lines: “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered.There was no one there”. Our history has taught us that lesson very well. Whenever our faith has responded to the presence of fear, fear has taken flight. Let us never doubt our ability to overcome our challenges.On this Labour Day we remember those whose examples of courage fortify our spirit and we recognize those who display that same courage today.I have seen it in action during the recent flood rains. Jermaine and Jamauno Riley and their friend Ramone Peart of Sunnyside, St. Catherine, have shown the true spirit of courage and community, rescuing their neighbours, from ravishing flood waters, in their time of greatest need.As a people we salute them. Together, we have a duty to reach out to our neighbours, and those in our communities as they put their lives and properties back together.The thrust of the Government’s Economic Policy is to advance the welfare of our workers and to improve people’s standard of living. In January, this year there were nearly 22,000 more persons employed than there were in January 2016. Unemployment today is lower than it was a year ago.We are opening up more employment opportunities to our people. I recently announced the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme which aims to provide employment to some 15,000 of our unattached, at-risk young people.There are significant employment opportunities opening up in the BPO sector, in Tourism and in the Mining Sector; we are expecting an additional 3,000 persons to be employed as a result of some $2 billion in investments being poured into that sector.Employment in our Special Economic Zones and Logistics-centered activities will further boost employment.On this Labour Day, workers can have confidence that they have a bright future and that things are aligning in their interests. Last year, the economy grew by 1.4%, the highest in four years. Workers benefit when the economy grows. Economic stagnation hurts workers.The fact that we are having historically low inflation rates is also a significant benefit to workers. That there has been a 14.8% expansion in bank credit to the private sector in 2016 compared to 9.6% in 2015 is a plus for workers’ interests. The interests of workers have also been advanced by initiatives the Government has taken in healthcare and education.We recognize that to keep faithful to the mandate of the workers movement which blossomed in the 1930s, we have to put in much work today. As heirs of National Heroes Sir Alexander Bustamante and Norman Washington Manley, we can do no less.I call upon you, fellow Jamaicans, to recapture that spirit of self-sacrifice which motivated those men, and men like St. William Grant, AGS Coombs as well as women such as Aggie Bernard, Lady Bustamante and Edna Manley. Let us go out into our communities today and display that spirit of volunteerism that Jamaica needs.Plant a tree…Refurbish a building…Help preserve a monument…Help your neighbour clean up from the recent floods….See what needs to be done and give a helping hand.Our two national projects will involve the refurbishing of the Ward Theatre and the Central Police station. Culture and security have a synergy that might not be immediately evident. But I believe, fellow Jamaicans that a kinder, gentler, more cultured Jamaica, proud of its heritage, is one that is organically secure.Our culture should deepen our bonds and reduce our tensions. Culture uplifts and inspires, and clears away the fog of divisiveness and bitterness. It nurtures that spirit of love and caring that really represents the quintessential Jamaican.As we prepare to celebrate Jamaica 55—and there is much to celebrate—let us use this Labour Day to “Restore. Preserve…Beautify”. We owe it to Jamaica, land we so love.last_img read more