ICICI Bank To Convert 100 Villages Into Digital In 100 Days
- Private sector lender ICICI Bank on Monday said it will transform 100 villages into digital villages in as many days to enable villagers go in cash less banking and payments transactions. These villages, which will be spread across the length and breadth of the country, will enable villagers to use digital channels for banking and payments transactions, said bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar. "The bank continues to be a catalyst to accelerate development in our country. We strongly feel that technology can play an important role in putting development on a fast lane. By leveraging technology, we converted Akodara in Gujarat from a village to India's first digital village last year.
- "Its success motivates us to scale up the initiative a big way - we will now convert 100 villages across the country into digital villages," she added. Transformed into "ICICI Digital Villages", villagers will be able to open bank accounts using Aadhar-based e-KYC and make cashless payments to retail stores through a unique SMS/USSD-based mobile solution. "We will create a cashless ecosystem at these villages, provide vocational training to 10,000 villagers in first 100 days and offer them credit linkages so that the villagers can start their own business ventures," said Kochhar.
BCCI To Hold SGM On Dec. 2 To Discuss Status Report
- The under-fire Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) will hold its Special General Meeting on December 2 in New Delhi to discuss the Status Report filed by the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee. The Lodha Committee has demanded removal of all office-bearers and has sought directions from apex court to appoint former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai as an observer. "Yes, we will be having a Special General Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi on December 2.
- The agenda is to discuss the Status Report filed by the Lodha Committee," a senior BCCI official told PTI today. The BCCI is supposed to file a Compliance report in Supreme Court on December 3 with the court's next proceedings on December 5. It has been learnt that during the meeting of treasurers" of all state associations in Mumbai, BCCI president Anurag Thakur discussed the ongoing problems at length.
Saina To Lead Indian Challenge
- Star shuttler Saina Nehwal will spearhead the Indian challenge at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, which starts here on Tuesday after defending champion P.V. Sindhu pulled out on Monday. The Rio Olympics silver medallist was originally scheduled to take on China's Yue Han in the opening match of the tournament on Wednesday. Sindhu lost in the final of the Hong Kong Open on Sunday. But the Hyderabadi shuttler has withdrawn after playing back-to-back China Open and Hong Kong Open tournaments. "No, she will not be playing in the Macau Open because she has played two back-to-back tournaments recently. So she needs rest before the BWF Superseries Final in Dubai," her father P.V. Ramana confirmed to IANS from Hyderabad. The Dubai Superseries final will be played from December 14-18 where only the world's top eight players make the cut.
- In Sindhu's absence her compatriot Saina Nehwal, who recovered from a knee surgery which affected her Olympic campaign three months back, will be the main Indian challenge in the women's singles. She also participated in recent Hong Kong Open in which she went till the quarter final stage, showing a steady improvement in her fitness. The Hyderabadi shuttler will face Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini in the opening round. In the men's singles category, Sameer Verma, who was in spotlight after reaching the finals at Hong Kong, is also participating in the tournament. He will take on Milan Ludik of Czech in the opening round. Making a comeback after a long break, Parupalli Kashyap will also hope to shrug off the disappointment when he will take on Malaysia's Guo Zheng Sim. Among other Indians in the fray, third seeds Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy will face Hong Kong's Chan Alan Yun Lung and Li Kuen Hon in the men's doubles categories. Jwala Gutta with Manu Attri will take on Satrya Aditha and Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella of Indonesia the mixed doubles category.
- It would be a sort of comeback for Commonwealth Games P. Kashyap, who had taken a break after the Denmark Open. "After Dutch Open I was not feeling that fit and though I played Denmark, I decided to take a break to get back my full fitness and make some changes to my game. So I got around 4-5 weeks and I worked hard with Gopi, so looking forward for a good week ahead," Kashyap told PTI. If Kashyap surpasses Malaysia's Guo Zheng Sim, he is likely to take on compatriot and seventh seed H S Prannoy, who will open his campaign against Chinese Taipei's Chun-Wei Chen.
- Third seed Srikanth got a bye in the opening round, while B Sai Praneeth will face local shuttler Lam Hou Him. Meanwhile, Sindhu was pleased with her performance at the Hong Kong Open despite losing in the final and insisted it was just not her day. "It was a good game overall. It was her day. I played well but she played well at the net, she didn't make any mistakes. There were good rallies. I'm happy with my performance. It's okay, I'll go back and train hard. A bit upset, but overall it went well. I congratulate her for the win," Sindhu said after the match. "I"ve played her many times. She's a tricky player, has good strokes and deception. I was prepared for everything. But then one has to win and one has to lose. I was confident because of that. I played the final here. It was anybody's game. It was her day, she played well."
Del Potro And Delbonis Take Argentina To Davis Cup Title Win
- Juan Martin del Potro staged a magnificent comeback after losing the first two sets to beat Marin Cilic before Federico Delbonis defeated Ivo Karlovic to enable Argentina claim their maiden Davis Cup tennis title. Del Potro won 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in 4 hours 53 minutes to level the title fixture 2-2 here on Sunday. Then it was Delbonis handily beating Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the fifth and final match of the tie to hand the long-coveted trophy to Argentina, who have been beaten four times in the final earlier.
- The fifth and last matchup was forced with Del Potro's win earlier on Sunday and pitted Delbonis against the big-serving Karlovic. The 37-year-old Croatian had a 3-1 head-to-head career lead, although Delbonis had won their most recent match-up last month in Tokyo. If Karlovic had prevailed, it would have been Croatia's second David Cup title (after 2005) and he would have been the oldest player to win a finals match in Cup competition. The matchup between Del Potro and Cilic was a nail-biter all the way through, as the Argentine trailed by two sets but then clawed his way back in an emotional and spectacular performance before some 15,000 spectators at the Zagreb Arena.
- Del Potro suffered from cramps, but he kept fighting even when his serve was broken in the first game of the decisive set, subsequently breaking Cilic twice. After Del Potro's win, Delbonis played calmly and prevailed over Karlovic in straight sets in about two hours. "It's a dream come true. We've played for our country, with our hearts and the best we could. The fans helped us on every point. I tried to stay focused to do what I had to do; if not, it would have been a disaster," said an emotional Delbonis after the match. --IANS Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro lifts the Davis Cup trophy after winning the final against Croatia in Zagreb, Croatia (AP/PTI).
Rosberg Wins F1 Title As Hamilton Wins In Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi: Mercedes" Nico Rosberg became the 2016 Formula One world champion despite his team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix here on Sunday. Hamilton, who needed Rosberg to finish below third in the race to become the world champion, drove deliberately slowly, defying team orders, in an attempt to bring other drivers into the battle. Rosberg was under pressure from Sebastian Vettel but managed to hold the Ferrari driver to claim the second spot.
- Max Verstappen came in fourth, Daniel Ricciardo followed his Red Bull team-mate in fifth. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, helping Force India easily secured their fourth position in the constructors" championship. Williams" Felipe Massa and McLaren's Fernando Alonso completed the top 10. Rosberg kept his cool throughout the race despite the pressure from Vettel, but said it had been tough. Rosberg wins F1 title as Hamilton wins in Abu Dhabi.