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Sunday, June 25, 2017

USA is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most visited country

Ever since he assumed office in May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited the United States every year. 

The June 2017 visit is his fifth to the US, as he visited the country twice in 2016. Here’s a quick look at PM’s US visits and the nature of the visits.

2017 Halle Open Men's Singles Final - Roger Federer thrashes Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle title Sunday June 25,2017

Roger Federer thrashed Alexander Zverev to win his ninth title at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Halle on Sunday June 25,2017
The top seed lost his first match of the grass-court season last week in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas, but was in imperious form all week at Halle, culminating in the 6-1, 6-3 final victory over the home favourite Zverev.
Federer will head into Wimbledon, which starts on July 3, as favourite to win an outright record eighth title.
Italian Open champion Zverev had won all three of his previous finals this season, but was blown away by a vintage performance from the 18-time major champion in only 53 minutes
Roger Federer  holds the record for most overall titles (9 out of 11 finals), and most consecutive titles (4 in the years 2003-06). 

2017 Australia Open Superseries Women's Singles QF's - India's P V Sindhu loses to World No.1 Tai-Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei Friday June 23,2017

P.V Sindhu was knocked out of the Australian Open Super Series in the quarter-final by World No.1 Tai-Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Sindhu lost 10-21, 22-20, 21-16 in the closely fought encounter. 

The first game was an easy walkthrough for the Indian, as Tai struggled to get into the game and Sindhu prevailed 21-10.

Tai had no response to the barrage of smashes which Sindhu threw at her, which all seemed to be a part of a good solid strategy.

The second game was a much tighter affair, with Tai prevailing 22-20 in a see-saw battle.

World No.1 upped her own game, and rushed to a 4-1 lead, but then Sindhu clawed her way back to 8-8.

It was a neck to neck battle at that time, and Sindhu then took a 13-10 lead, before Tai won 4 points on the trot to take a 14-13 lead.

Tai was focusing on making Sindhu move, and she was trying to use the deceptive drop shots but Sindhu kept her guard.

Sindhu in fact had a game point, and would be disappointed that she allowed Tai to come back and take the game 22-20. Altohugh, to Tai's credit she handled the pressure well.

The third game was again neck-to-neck, with both players trying to outdo the other, Sindhu then raced to a 14-10 lead but Tai showed why she is the world's best player as she made a comeback to make it 15-15, before carrying on the momentum to win the set 21-16.

2017 Australia Open Superseries Women's Singles QF's - India's Saina Nehwal loses to China's Sun Yu Friday June 23,2017

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal crashed out of the $750,000 Australia Open Superseries after going down to sixth-seeded Sun Yu of China in a women's singles quarter-final match in Sydney on Friday June 23,2017

The Chinese shuttler beat Saina 21-17, 10-21, 21-17 in a match that lasted for an hour and 19 minutes and will now take on Nozomi Okuhara, who beat fellow Japanese Sayaka Takahashi in another tie

2017-18 Premier League - Southampton Names Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino as the new Manager Friday June 23,2017

Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino was named as manager of Premier League Southampton on Friday June 23,2017, the week after the club sacked Claude Puel.

The 45-year-old has agreed a three-year contract and will arrive at St Mary's next week to prepare for the new season.

Pellegrino, who won La Liga as a defender with Valencia, began his coaching career as an assistant at Liverpool before spells with Valencia, Estudiantes, Independiente and Alaves.

"I am delighted that after a diligent selection process we have recruited Mauricio Pellegrino as our new first team manager," Southampton vice chairman Les Reed said in a club statement.

"We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way.

"He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club."

It is the second time Southampton have turned to an Argentine coach having employed Mauricio Pochettino for 14 months before he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2014.

Pellegrino said he was "excited and passionate" about the future with the south coast club.

"I think my philosophy and the culture of the club will work well together," he said.

"We have to be a team on and off the pitch; I want to make the supporters proud of the players and to feel part of the game every week."

Frenchman Puel was fired after less than a year in charge despite taking Southampton to the League Cup final and eighth place in the Premier League table.

Southampton won only one of their final eight league games, scoring just one goal in their last five home matches, and ended with their lowest points tally in four years.

Shah Rukh Khan Completes 25 Years in Bollywood June 25,1992 - June 25,2017

Shah Rukh Khan entered into Bollywood in 1992 with the film Deewana and ever since has given several cinematic jewels like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghamamong many others. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is fondly called the Baadhshah of Bollywood by his fans, has completed 25 years in the Hindi film industry.

Shah Rukh began his career with appearances in several TV shows like Fauji and Circus. He got his Bollywood break with Deewana in 1992. He later went on to play anti-hero roles in films like Darr,Baazigar and Anjaam

Shah Rukh Khan then rose to prominence after starring in a series of romantic films, including Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.... He was lauded for his portrayal of an alcoholic in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, a NASA scientist in Swades, a hockey coach in Chak De! India, and My Name Is Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter on Saturday night and wrote: "Went to bed early because been a hectic week. Woke up for no reason and realised I am 25 years old. Will deal with all this love tomorrow. Thanks for bearing me."

Currently, Shah Rukh is busy promoting his upcoming film 
Jab Harry Met Sejal, directed by Imtiaz Ali. The film also stars Anushka Sharma and is slated to release on August 04,2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' Sunday June 25,2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday June 25,2017  recalled the Emergency imposed on this day in 1975 and said that it was the darkest time in the history of India.
In his monthly radio programme 'Mann ki Baat', PM Modi said it was essential to remember the incidents which have caused harm to democracy and move ahead towards the positives of democracy.
He remembered that democracy-lovers had fought a big battle against the Emergency imposed by then PM Indira Gandhi and said the pro-democracy 'heritage' needs to be strengthened.
"Democracy is not only a system. It is our culture... Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," he said
Recalling imposition of the Emergency on June 25, 1975, the PM said it was "such a black night which cannot be forgotten by any lover of democracy. No Indian can forget that."
He said that in a way, the entire nation had been converted into a prison, with opposing voices being curbed
"The judicial system too could not escape the sinister shadows of the Emergency. The present-day students of journalism and the champions of democracy have been endeavouring towards raising awareness about that dark period, by constant reminders, and should continue to do so," PM Modi said, as per IANS.
The Prime Minister also recited a poem written by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the completion of one year of Emergency wherein he longed for the end of restrictions and return to freedom. Vajpayee was in jail at that time.