(CNN)Rotterdam -- the Netherlands' second largest city and Europe's biggest port -- is currently enjoying its transformation from a city plagued with urban problems to a hip place to visit or live.

Long lost in the shadow of Amsterdam, crowdfunding initiatives and striking new architecture have helped boost Rotterdam's vibe and image recently.

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MUMBAI: Wearing a black and white sleeveless dress, Geeta Phogat could easily be mistaken for a movie star, her innocent smile brightening up the already lit room. She poses with elan for the photographers, comes back to her chair and then idly fiddles with her phone - the latest iphone, by the way.
"I'm not used to all this," she says when TOI catches up with her at the Godrey #Sleep@10 event on Wednesday. "I'm just waiting to get back to my training. All this is not made for me," she laments.
She's received plenty of recognition after the Aamir Khan starrer 'Dangal', a movie depicting her journey from a village girl to a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in wrestling. While she's happy with the recognition she's been getting, promotional activities are clearly not her forte.
"You would think that nothing would tire a professional wrestler right? But after the movie has released, I've been going to so many events that I'm actually tired. Yes I'm happy that people stop me everywhere and want my autograph or click selfies with me, but I can't wait for all this (promotional activity) to get over," the 28-year-old says.
The movie tells the story of how her father, Mahavir Singh, moulded Geeta and her sister Babita into world-class wrestlers in his own, 'autocratic' ways. They were made to wake up at 3.30am, train for three hours before heading to school and then come back home and train some more. Their focus was solely on wrestling and weren't allowed the normal pleasures of girls their age.
But the recently-married Geeta, says that if she ever has kids, she'll be even more strict with them than her father was with her. "It's important for parents to be strict if you want the kids to succeed. I will be even more strict than my dad, because look at me, I turned out fine. Also, nowadays the kids are spoiled and need a good upbringing. That good upbringing will always start from home."
She now recognises the small things that played a huge role in making her the champion she is. "In the movie it's shown how I love eating pani puri, but my Dad never allowed that. Now, after all these years, I'm responsible enough to know how bad it is for my health. Even if someone offers me junk food, I won't eat it."
Wrestling has given her the opportunity to travel around the country and the world, but Geeta says she just wants to settle down in a village. "I want to settle down and start an academy in a rural area, because I feel that's where most champions come from. If you have everything in life, why would you wake up at 3.30am to train? I feel there's a lot of talent that goes untapped there, especially in women sports. Also, I'm used to that lifestyle," she says.
While the movie is centred mostly on her father, she says her mother too played an important role. "She would wake up with us and take care of our food and everything my Dad wanted. That's a big role that goes unnoticed. And after all the trouble she has taken, the only reward I was allowed to give her was a maid in our house now. Now she just wants to rest."

News source: The Times of India

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TEHRAN: Indian GM Dronavali Harika won her third bronze medal in a row after a heartbreaking defeat against Tan Zhongyi of China in a semi-final tie-breaker at the World Women's Chess Championship.
Harika missed several opportunities in the tie-breaker which was a battle of nerves. Tan will now play the finals against Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine.
Zhongyi had drawn black in the final game which had five minutes to white against four to black with a two seconds increment from move 61 onwards.
Both players played extremely fast and Harika had an extra pawn when she entered the queens and pawns endgame.
The extra pawn manytimes do not mean much but Harika missed a couple of golden opportunities to trade queens favourable which would have led to a victory quite easily.
Instead the Indian played on with queens for a long time and went down after 99 moves.
Earlier, Harika had started the day with a fine victory in the first game of the tiebreaker, winning in just 17-moves.
She could have drawn the second game itself to seal her entry to the finals but again fate was against her as she blundered from what was a drawn knights and pawns endgame.
In the second set of tiebreaker, Harika was lucky to survive though as she first lost as black and then was quite lucky to find a victory to level scores again.
The stage was set for blitz games there after wherein both games with five minutes and three seconds ended in draws leading to the final Armageddon game. The final scoreline for this semifinal was 5-4 in favour of Tan Zhongyi.
The $450000 championship will now have a six-game clash for the ultimate crown between Muzychuk and Zhongyi.
Harika will come back with a bronze medal for the third time. In 2012, Harika had lost the semi-final against Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria while in 2015 she had lost to eventual winner Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine.
Result Semi-final: Anna Muzychuk (Ukr) beat Alexandra Kosteniuk (Rus) 2-0; D Harika (Ind) lost to Tan Zhongyi (Chn) 4-5.

News source: The Times of India

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Australia's crushing 333-run win in the first Test in Pune last weekend was the tourists' first victory in India since 2004 and ended a 19-match unbeaten run for Virat Kohli's world number one team. India's much-vaunted batting line-up was skittled out for just 105 and 107, and their spinners -- supposedly the best in the world -- were upstaged by their unfancied Australian counterparts.
But the outcome of the first Test means India must now avoid defeat in Bengaluru if they are reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which has been in Australia's possession since they beat India 2-0 at home in 2014-15.
Much will depend on whether skipper Kohli, who had a match to forget with scores of 0 and 13, can rediscover the form which has brought him four double centuries since last July.
However, Indian cricket legends have come out in support of Kohli and his team after the shocking loss in Pune.
Like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly has now backed Kohli and Co ahead of the 2nd Test, starting on March 4.
"Kohli is human and he had to fail one day. He failed in both innings in Pune. I think he played a little bit of a loose shot in the first innings outside the off stump but the Australians bowled him there," Ganguly told India Today.
Dada also paid the ultimate compliment to Kohli as he compared his performance with that of Tendulkar, who was known to be at his best against the Aussies.
"To watch those four back-to-back Test match hundreds against Australia in Australia (was surreal). I have not seen even Sachin Tendulkar do that," Ganguly said.
While India are expected to make a couple of changes for Bengaluru, the visitors are likely to stick with their winning side.
The third and fourth Tests of the series will be played in Ranchi and Dharamsala.

News source: NDTV Sports

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:31

Johnson backs change to ball movement rule


MEXICO CITY: World number one Dustin Johnson, who shook off a baffling rules controversy to claim a breakthrough major title at the 2016 US Open, welcomed Wednesday's proposals to simplify and speed up the game. Golf's global governing bodies, the Royal and Ancient and the United States Golf Association (USGA), unveiled proposed reforms that would eliminate many penalties.
That would include the penalty for a ball moving on the green unless it was "virtually certain" the player caused it to move.
"Obviously some of the rule changes I think are really good, especially the ball on the putting green," Johnson said Wednesday as he prepared for the World Golf Championships tournament in Mexico City.
"When you don't feel like you caused it to move and you're still getting a penalty, that, to me, makes no sense, so I think some of the rule changes are good.
"Obviously they're trying to simplify, just so there's not so much confusion."
Johnson ended years of major misery with his come-from-behind win at Oakmont last June. But he had to endure a perplexing final few holes after officials informed him at the 12th that he could be penalized for a potential rules violation on the fifth green, when high definition video showed his ball moved slightly as he prepared to putt.
USGA officials said the rule at the time stated that it need only be more likely than not that the player caused the ball to move for a penalty to be incurred.
The penalty stroke was indeed eventually applied, but didn't prevent Johnson from winning by three strokes.

News source: The Times of India

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:51

3 bikes unknowingly burned in Pimpri


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Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:38

Mobile snatched in Thatwad


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