Author Archives: Loknath

Olympics 2020: three-on-three basketball among five extra sports in Tokyo

3-on-3 basketball, pictured at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijan this year, will be added to the Olympic programme in Tokyo. Photograph: Benjamin Cremel/AFP/Getty Images Mixed relays in athletics and swimming will make their debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with men and women competing with and against each other in 4x400m on the track and 4x100m freestyle in the ... Read More »

10 basic iOS tricks every iPhone owner should know

  From message stickers and 3D Touch to Live Photos and Apple Pay, iOS is stuffed with attention-getting features that grab headlines and demand rounds of applause at Apple keynotes. But some of iOS’s most useful features are, in fact, the oldest ones. They’re easily overlooked, particularly by new iPhone and iPad users. Read on for 10 basic iOS features ... Read More »

Non-negotiable: Die Hard is a Christmas movie

I remember being introduced to a man when I was in high school who worked with a touring theatre company. The company had come to our little town to present “Evita”. A bunch of us juniors were chosen to be gofers during the production. I remember this vividly because I was 17 years old and the actresses who had to ... Read More »

BMW X7 set to make Frankfurt debut

BMW will take the wraps off its X7 crossover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle that will be unveiled will be a concept car but we have seen enough test vehicles to know what the production model will look like when it comes to life in 2018. The X7 will be the Bavarian automaker’s new flagship SUV and ... Read More »

First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

Less than a decade ago, 600-cc supersport motorcycles were the pinnacles of high performance. So popular was the category through the early to mid-2000s that the four Japanese bike makers were redesigning their respective 600s every couple of years. And we’re not just talking “bold new graphics” – 600s were being completely made over from the ground up with new ... Read More »

2018 Yamaha Star Venture Preview | 14 Fast Facts

he 2018 Yamaha Star Venture is a motorcycle that is long overdue. The last time we had anything resembling an all-new Yamaha luxury touring motorcycle was back in the 20th century, and there’s been no bike at all available in the class for a few years. The new Yamaha Star Venture ends the drought. 1. It’s an all-new Star Venture, ... Read More »

NEW: YAMAHA STAR VENTURE

IT would be easy to dismiss the new US-market Yamaha Star Venture as simply a dolled-up version of the old XV1900 cruiser. But that would be doing a disservice to a bike that’s substantially a new machine and which looks like the most convincing new big tourer to emerge from Japan in the best part of a decade. Yamaha categorises ... Read More »

The Internet is changing civil wars. Watch out for these five trends.

South Sudanese refugees shelter from the rain at the Imvepi reception center in northern Uganda on June 6. (Ben Curtis/AP) There’s a new trend in civil wars. After declining in the 1990s, the number of active civil wars has significantly increased since 2003. Over the past 13 years, large-scale civil wars have broken out in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Chad, ... Read More »

Finance Ministry may push for IFCI, IIFCL merger

NEW DELHI, JUNE 8:   The Finance Ministry is examining the possibility of merger of two state-run financial institutions, India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFCL) and Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) to create a bigger financing firm for the sector. “The proposal is under the active consideration of the ministry so that the huge deficit, which infrastructure space has, can be ... Read More »

Education Aid Eludes Countries That Need It Most

According to a new policy paper released by UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report, while total development aid has risen 24 percent, aid for education has been on the decline for six years — falling 4 percent since 2010. Marcus Butt/Ikon Images/Getty Images In the West African country of Burkina Faso, nearly 50 percent of children do not attend school. The ... Read More »