Mahindra Xylo: Why should you buy it?

first_imgThe new avatar of Mahindra’s Xylo sports 50 new changes and features including five variants powered by three distinct engine options including powerful 120 BHP m Hawk engine. Key highlights of the new Xylo include stylish looks, premium interiors, advanced technology and features and luxurious space and comfort.The All New Xylo also boasts of a pioneering Voice Command Technology for Vehicle commands, enabling customers to control over thirty feature-actions in their new Xylo merely by talking to it.The new Xylo has an exciting new look with new front facia with redesigned headlamps, grill, bumper, airdams and bonnet with integrated Mahindra logo,pronounced wheel arches, new footstep with redesigned mudflaps and roof rails with rear spoiler.Its external and internal features were chiseled on the template of changing customer needs, taking its Sedan Plus positioning to the next level in terms of style, space, convenience and comfort. The stylish new Xylo is available in five variants – D2, D4, E4, E8 and E9 and starts at an attractive price of Rs 7.37 lacs (D2, BS4 ex-showroom Delhi).Further, it will be available in six attractive colour options – Diamond White, Fiery Black, Toreador Red, Java Brown, Mist Silver and Rocky Beige.The new Xylo is packed with safety features like Airbags, ABS with EBD, Intellipark Reverse Assist etc. in higher end E8 & E9 variants.The all new Xylo E9 will be open for bookings in a phased manner at Mahindra dealerships, while other variants of stylish new Xylo will be available at all personal channel dealerships of Mahindra from February 8, 2012.advertisementlast_img read more

Paralympic star wants to excel in new role

first_imgAfter bringing glory to the country at the Athens Paralympics, former javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia now has the task of guiding the next generation to glory.The one-armed athlete from Rajasthan climbed to the top of the podium at the 2004 Games when he hurled the spear to a distance of 62.15 metres, a world record. Till date, he is the only Indian gold medallist at the Paralympics.After losing an arm in an accident at a young age, Jhajharia showed immense courage and determination to climb to the top in his chosen field, and now wants his compatriots to take inspiration from his feats.”My world record is yet to be broken but I want an Indian to break it,” he said. Jhajharia, who was conferred the Padma Shri on Thursday, is the national coach of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).Jhajharia feels athletes should not get demoralised if their achievements do not get immediate recognition.”Sportspersons should not feel let down. If they keep performing, no one can deny them their due. I also got recognition pretty late but I hope that it will inspire other athletes to achieve greater heights,” he said. “My journey has been tough and I started practising with bamboo sticks. But I never felt inferior to anyone and always competed with the aim to match able-bodied counterparts.”With such an attitude, he feels an affinity with South African para athlete Oscar Pistorius, who has qualified for the London Olympics to compete with able-bodied athletes.advertisement”Both of us participated at the 2004 Paralympics. His feat shows that if a person is determined, he can break any barrier. I feel extremely proud of his feat and hope that he does well.”last_img read more

Indo-Pak series sees largest influx of Pakistani citizens to India in search of friends

first_imgShehzada Shahrukh, Pakistani Olympian met old friend and former Indian hockey captain Balbir Singh (right) in ChandigarhRana Khurshid Alam looks out of the window of the car on a road flanked by endless wheat fields and wipes tears from his eyes.Spotting the signboard which reads Institute of Engineering and Technology,,Shehzada Shahrukh, Pakistani Olympian met old friend and former Indian hockey captain Balbir Singh (right) in ChandigarhRana Khurshid Alam looks out of the window of the car on a road flanked by endless wheat fields and wipes tears from his eyes.Spotting the signboard which reads Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhaddal, he says, “Our village has become famous.” This is Alam’s first visit to Bhaddal, a small, farming village in Ropar district, an hour’s drive from Chandigarh.But for this 53-year-old jeweller from Kassowal in Pakistan’s Sahiwal district, it is a homecoming of sorts. His forefathers, hereditary goldsmiths, left this village for Pakistan during Partition.Alam grew up on nostalgic reminiscences of Sonaron di Kothi (the house of goldsmiths), the ancestral home which his grandfather longed to return to but never could. Today, Alam stands in the pillar-lined courtyard, caresses its walls like he would his children and reaches out to the past.Pakistani cricket fans cross the Wagah borderIn the village of Mehmoodwal Yusuf pur on the outskirts of Jalandhar, Darshan Singh, 75, squints through his spectacles at the visitor from Pakistan: “Aren’t you Ghulam Nabi’s son? You look exactly like him.”It has been over 50 years since Abdul Majeed Khan’s father crossed the border. Now, the 53-year-old audit officer with the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation Ltd hugs the villager and weeps at the memory of his father. Alam and Khan weren’t alone. Such poignant scenes were replayed across Punjab’s countryside as nearly 4,000 Pakistanis used their short-stay cricket visas to fan out into the countryside, to home in with salmon-like instincts on the land of their forefathers.Cricket was merely an excuse, an afterthought. At the PCA Stadium in Mohali, as Pakistan played its first Test in India in six years, white-bearded Abdul Jalil “Chacha Cricket”, Pakistan’s best known cricket fan, and his cohorts swathed in green clothes filled the near-empty Pakistani stands with chants of “Jivey Jivey Pakistan”. advertisementRana Khurshid Alam, Jeweller at his ancestral house in Bhaddal, Ropar, which his forefathers left during PartitionFor the past 12 months, cricket, once the stress-generator between India and Pakistan, has become a bureaucracy-booster. Over 8,000 Indian fans crossed the border last spring for India’s first tour of Pakistan in 14 years. A year later, the largest influx of Pakistanis in recent memory has made a new passage to India.Some belonged to a generation that knew India only through family stories. Others knew the pain of fleeing home first-hand. Fifty-eight years after he left as a distraught refugee, Syed Athar Hussain, 72, stepped across the old Radcliffe Line at the Wagah border. He now lives near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore but had never bought a match ticket-until last month when he paid $35 (Rs 1,575) to come home. Once in India, Hussain didn’t need directions to find his way to Ropar. “It was out of sight but never out of mind,” he says.For Shehzada Shahrukh, an 82-year-old Pakistani hockey Olympian, India was home turf. In Chandigarh, this Olympic vice-captain was reunited after two decades with an Indian hockey legend-Olympic gold medallist and former captain Balbir Singh. The duo, sporting foes-turned friends, relived a friendship that went back to the 1940s when Balbir played in Amritsar’s Khalsa College team, captained by Shahrukh’s brother Khurram.Shahrukh rolls his dentures and demonstrates Balbir’s flick to score a winning goal in an old Punjab vs Punjab hockey match. Balbir chuckles, “Is that why I was the first person you asked for at Wagah?”Fans at Mohali stadiumShahrukh-who would have you believe that the Bollywood superstar was named after him, after a chance encounter with King Khan’s father in Bombay in the 1950s-says he doesn’t have much time left and has many friends to meet. There is Pran Nath, a school buddy from Lahore, now a gold trader in Kolkata. Three years ago, Nath came to Lahore looking for him but the two could not meet. “Please tell Pran,” he says, as tears begin again, “His friend Shahrukh is alive.”At the Mohali stadium, the only reminder of conflict was a few hundred feet above the pitch- the steady stream of Indian Air Force transport aircraft taking off from Chandigarh air force base with belly loads of supplies for soldiers in Kashmir. But outside, India’s Track II diplomacy over whelmed Pakistani fans.The Nada Sahib Gurdwara ran a non-stop langar and the Chandigarh Club hosted a dinner for every Pakistani. The Chandigarh administration laid out a week-long carnival-from halal meat burgers and prayer mats in hotel rooms to special screenings of Veer-Zaara and Mughal-e-Azam. Shops often dispensed with the formality of seeing the Pakistani passport before granting 10 per cent discount. “I had to force shopkeepers to accept money,” grins Ammad Arshad from Lahore.Meanwhile, Shahrukh was hosted by Arun Bakshi, a 43-year-old marketing executive. In the past decade, Bakshi had twice tried to go back to his father’s village in Pakistan but his visa applications were turned down. This week he did, however, persuade Sajjad Shah and his family to vacate their hotel room and be his guests. The Bakshis sleep in the drawing room.Only half of 7,000 tickets the Punjab Cricket Association sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been sold but no one cares. This is not about filling stadia. “Cricket is the new goodwill multiplier. It will put people-to-people ties on a stronger wicket,” says Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Perhaps it is time for Bakshi to apply for that visa.- with Ramesh Vinayakadvertisementlast_img read more

Adamson shocks La Salle in 4 sets

first_imgAdamson head coach Air Padda admitted she experienced difficulty in handling the team after their two straight losses, saying that the players lost their focus after their loss to University of Santo Tomas.The win over La Salle, Padda said, was the biggest sigh of relief for her after their struggles the past week.“We haven’t been focused, it’s hard coaching them this week, and for them to come out here, man, today I’m really proud of them,” said Padda. “The only goal I set for them was to make the school proud, it wasn’t even beating La Salle.”“It’s not about the name on your back, it’s about this, the name on the front.”Soyud finished with 18 points to lead Adamson while Mylene Paat and Dacoron had 15 points apiece with Galanza pitching in 10 of her own.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The Lady Falcons snapped their two-game skid and improved to 3-3 and take possession of the fifth seed while the Lady Spikers slipped to 4-2.Former Lady Spiker Eli Soyud proved to be the thorn on the side of La Salle when she capped off Adamson’s 12-5 run in the fourth with two straight kills that gave the Lady Falcons a 17-10 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMary Joy Dacoron put Adamson at match point, 24-19, when she broke through the double block of Desiree Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya.Then, captain Jema Galanza, who ended La Salle for the Lady Falcons’ final point. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU didn’t play its best in four-set win over UE, says coach ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaiscenter_img Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Mary Joy Baron led La Salle with 13 points while Cheng added 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University pulled off the biggest upset of the season so far after toppling defending champion De La Salle, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Alex Compton rues Alaska turnovers, referees letting Magnolia guards ‘foul a lot’

first_img“I admire Mark and Jio a lot, those two are great defenders, but they karate chop or trip a ball handler and that’s a foul, and for some reason, the referees don’t call it.”Fouls or not, Jalalon and Barroca combined for five of the Hotshots’ 20 steals in the game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Compton lamented his team’s terrible execution, saying it was the Aces’ 26 turnovers that contributed to their doom in the 77-71 loss to Magnolia that sent them trialing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.“We turned the ball over 26 times and that was huge, credit to Magnolia,” said Compton Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We should take better care of the basketball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“They [the Hotshots] played great defensively and for the most part we were solid defensively. We just got to be better because 25, 26 turnovers that’s the prime story of the first two games of this series.”While each of the 26 turnovers hurt them equally, the Aces’ biggest blunder was the one they made in the final minute of the game. PBA Finals: Magnolia frustrates Alaska anew, takes 2-0 lead Read Next In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics MANILA, Philippines—For Alaska head coach Alex Compton, Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals boiled down to one thing—turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy LATEST STORIES Trailing 73-71 with a minute left, Compton called a timeout to set up an offensive play that could have turned the game’s balance to Alaska. Instead, it paved way for Magnolia to run away with the win.Magnolia forward Romeo Travis was able to intercept the inbound pass, allowing the Chito Victolero to call a timeout with 53.2 seconds left to set up the offense for the Hotshots.The Hotshots weren’t able to score immediately but got their chance to ice the game with 15.9 seconds left after Jio Jalalon got to the foul line for two free throws, 75-71.Compton added that even though his team had its own mistakes, there were also the cheap hits that the referees didn’t notice.“I have not yet once publicly called out the officiating but those guys foul a lot,” said Compton, who pointed out Magnolia point guards Jalalon and Mark Barroca.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more