Berlin: Philipp Kohlschreiber overpowered Lukas Rosol in five sets before Thomas Berdych equalized with a hard earned five-set victory over youngster Alexander Zverev, at the Davis Cup first-round encounter in Hannover.Germany\\\'s No. 1 Philipp Kohlschreiber grabbed the opener for the hosts on Friday after clinching a five-set (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3) in 2 hours 57 minutes against Lukas Rosol. It is Kohlschreiber\\\'s fifth win in six clashes with Rosol, reports Xinhua.Rosol caught a bright start on the road and in front of 4500 spectators as the Czech wrapped the first set 6-3 thanks to 13 winners, and 13 unforced errors by Kohlschreiber.
The German grabbed a foothold into the second set and secured a break at 4-3 to level in sets following 6-3. Kohlschreiber gained momentum and sealed the third set 6-4 before Rosol fought back in the fourth (6-2) to force the World\\\'s No. 30 into the decider.Philipp Kohlschreiber put the victory beyond doubt after a break at 4-3 to pull away 6-3 for the 1-0 lead against Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic tied the game 1-1 in the second game of the opening day, as Czech Thomas Berdych overcame resilient Alexander Zverev in five sets (6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6) after 4 hours 20 minutes.The 18-year-old German debutant gave Berdych a hard time but for all that the World\\\'s No. 7 secured the first set in the tiebreak (6-8) after 69 minutes. Zverev remained unimpressed and bounced back after winning the second and third set (6-1, 6-4).
Berdych proved his skills and experience as he responded with two straight sets (7-6, 6-4). Especially Berdych\\\'s faultless serve in the fourth as well as in the fifth set wrapped the Czech\\\'s 49th victory in the teams\\\' competition.\\\"It was a tough match against a great player. Germany can be proud to have Alexander in their team. It is a tough loss for him but I see a bright future ahead of him. It was difficult for me but I fought till the end and it paid out,\\\" Berdych said.Germany face top-ranked Czech Republic for the team\\\'s doubles on Saturday before two singles conclude the first round on Sunday.
Irrfan Priyanka Om Puri join \\\'The Jungle Book gang
New Delhi: Indian stars Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Nana Patekar, Shefali Shah and Om Puri will lend voice to characters of Hollywood film \\\"The Jungle Book\\\" for its Hindi dubbed version.Disney India has roped in the actors for the film, which stars Indian-American actor Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and will be releasing in India on April 8 -- a week ahead of its release in the US.Priyanka, who has become popular abroad with American TV show \\\"Quantico\\\" and has landed a role in the \\\"Baywatch\\\" movie, will be infusing life to the soft and hypnotic voice of the python Kaa, voiced by Scarlett Johansson in the English version, read a statement from the studio.
Irrfan, known for his versatile roles in \\\"Piku\\\" as well as on the foreign shores with films like \\\"Life of Pi\\\" and \\\"The Amazing Spider-Man\\\", will lend his voice to the friendly bear Baloo, which is dubbed by Bill Murray in the international version.Shefali, who is still riding high on the appreciation for the modern portrayal of a mother in \\\"Dil Dhadakne Do\\\", will dub for Mowgli\\\'s adoptive mother Raksha, the wolf for whom Lupita Nyong\\\'o has lent her voice in the international version.And veteran star Om Puri will lend his voice to Bagheera, the black panther, which is originally dubbed by legendary actor Ben Kingsley.
The studio has also approached Nana Patekar to once again lend his voice to Shere Khan, a character he had dubbed for back in the early 1990s in Doordarshan\\\'s animated TV series the \\\"Jungle Book: The Adventures of Mowgli\\\".
\\\"\\\'The Jungle Book\\\' is so very special to India, and we want our audience to enjoy Disney\\\'s all-new live-action adaptation. We wanted nothing but the best for the Hindi version of the film,\\\" said Amrita Pandey, vice-president - Studios, Disney India.\\\"We are so excited to have such veterans and A-list actors come together to voice and bring alive these beloved characters making it like a hi-scale Hindi film,\\\" she added.Helmed by \\\"Iron Man\\\" fame director Jon Favreau, the film brings a story straight from the enchanting forest of India and presents a modern take on Rudyard Kipling\\\'s timeless classic, originally published in 1894.
Clinton barks Trump calls Cruz unstable
Washington: Hillary Clinton barked like a dog, Donald Trump called Ted Cruz \\\"unstable,\\\" and Jeb Bush brought his big brother George to vouch for him as the US presidential race heated up ahead of the battle of South Carolina.
Accusing Republicans of saying things that are not true, the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Monday told a colourful story in Reno, Nevada, about a radio ad that she said ran in rural Arkansas while her husband, Bill Clinton, was running for office.
In the ad, as Clinton remembered, a trained dog barked if something was untrue. \\\"I want to figure out how we can do that with Republicans,\\\" she said as quoted by CNN.
\\\"We need to get that dog and follow them around and every time they say these things like, \\\'Oh, the Great Recession was caused by too much regulation,\\\' arh, arh, arh, arh,\\\" Clinton said, letting out a barking noise that caused the audience to laugh and some people to mimic her.
\\\"I think,\\\" Clinton concluded, \\\"we could cut right through a lot of their claims.\\\"
Clinton\\\'s comments came ahead of Saturday\\\'s Democratic caucuses in Nevada and the Republican primary in South Carolina. Republicans hold their caucus in Nevada on February 23, and the Democrats their primary in South Carolina on February 27.
On the Republican side, frontrunner Trump called rival Cruz \\\"unstable\\\", threatening a lawsuit \\\"if he doesn\\\'t take down his false ads and retract his lies\\\" and urged the Republican National Committee (RNC) to \\\"intervene\\\".
He also threatened to renege on his pledge to not run as independent, saying that the Republican establishment was not holding up its end of a deal.
\\\"I signed a pledge and as far as I\\\'m concerned they\\\'re in default of their pledge,\\\" Trump said in Charleston, South Carolina.
\\\"He\\\'s a very bad guy. He\\\'s a very nasty guy. He\\\'s got no endorsements from any senators who he works with. He\\\'ll never be able to unify anything,\\\" he said of Cruz later
Trump acknowledged to CNN that his brawl with Cruz might harm the eventual Republican nominee, whoever it is, \\\"but I think we\\\'ll get over it\\\".
The Cruz campaign responded by saying Trump is lashing out \\\"with name-calling and falsehoods\\\".
Meanwhile, former president George W. Bush, who left office in 2009, came to the aid of his brother taking a clear swipe at Donald Trump during a campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina.
\\\"We do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration,\\\" he said asking voters to choose a candidate who is \\\"measured and thoughtful\\\" over the loudest and angriest man in the room.
\\\"We need someone that can fix the problems that cause our anger and frustration, and that\\\'s Jeb Bush,\\\" he said describing the 2016 campaign a \\\"serious election for a serious job\\\".
The former president pointed to the abundant \\\"name-calling\\\" in the 2016 election -- an apparent reference to the punches thrown between Jeb Bush and Trump in recent months -- and joked that according to their father, George H.W. Bush, \\\"labels are for soup cans\\\".
RNC also pushed back at Trump\\\'s claim that the loud boos that greeted him when he criticised George Bush during the presidential debate on Saturday came from an audience stacked with big money donors.
The New York Times cited a senior official with the South Carolina Republican Party as estimating that there were no more than 300 donors among the 1600 people in the audience.
HC directs Govt to increase school academic days
Kochi: The Kerala High Court Friday directed the state government to increase the number of academic days in schools from 200 to 220 days. The court, while considering a plea filed by a school PTA, asked the government to implement the order from the next academic year.The government had earlier increased the academic days from 194 to 200.
No Need To Write David Impatient EU Tells Cameron
Britain need not send a formal letter to the European Union to trigger a two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc, EU officials said, implying British Prime Minister David Cameron could start the process when he speaks at a summit on Tuesday.“‘Triggering’ … could either be a letter to the president of the European Council or an official statement at a meeting of the European Council duly noted in the official records of the meeting,” a spokesman for the council of EU leaders said.A second EU official, asked about mounting frustration among leaders with the British prime minister’s delay in delivering the formal notification required to launch divorce proceedings, said: “It doesn’t have to be written. He can just say it.”Cameron will brief the other 27 national leaders over dinner at a European Council summit in Brussels on Tuesday on the outcome of Thursday’s referendum at which Britons voted to leave the EU, prompting him to announce he will resign.
On Friday, he said he would leave it to his successor as Conservative party leader and premier to trigger Article 50 of the EU treaty, which sets out a two-year process to quit the bloc. That appeared to be a reversal of a pledge to launch the process immediately after the vote. It has angered EU leaders who want a quick settlement to limit uncertainty.Some European leaders still expect Cameron himself to start the process in the coming days or weeks, officials said on Saturday. British officials were not immediately available.Some Brexit campaigners have long said that Britain should aim to negotiate a comprehensive new relationship with the EU, seeking access to markets without submitting to EU rules or open migration, before binding itself into the two-year timetable that would be fixed for talks if Article 50 is triggered.
Such talk worries EU officials and leaders who fear that a prolonged haggling with London will further increase the risk of a domino effect of nationalist-led demands for exit from other states. They do not see a legal way to force Britain to start the process but have piled political pressure on Cameron to honor his pledge to launch Article 50 negotiations and respect the popular vote.The Council spokesman made clear that leaders cannot simply choose to interpret something Cameron says as the trigger without the prime minister saying clearly he means it to be.
“The notification of Article 50 is a formal act and has to be done by the British government to the European Council,” the spokesman said. “It has to be done in an unequivocal manner with the explicit intent to trigger Article 50.“Negotiations of leaving and the future relationship can only begin after such a formal notification. If it is indeed the intention of the British government to leave the EU, it is therefore in its interest to notify as soon as possible.”Since the shock vote on Thursday, won 52-48 percent by the Leave camp in defiance of polls and the bulk of the British establishment, there have been calls in Britain for the result to be reviewed or for parliament to ignore the referendum.The second EU official, asked whether Britain could launch the process and then ask to stay, said that was not foreseen by the treaty: “Once you trigger it, you cannot take it back.”If a state fails to agree a departure treaty with the others, EU law simply stops applying to it after two years.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.