Imagine the slash and burn cricket of Naga Mirchis vs Guntur Chillies 😜

The Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket season is about to commence, just as the Indian Political League steps back after a hectic election spell. Considering the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has lost a lot of lolly to the ICC in recent weeks, here is a suggestion for Indian cricket honchos to expand the game beyond IPL format to states, cities, suburbs, and even mohallas, so it can recoup the losses and generate more revenues.

To do this, administrators can tap into India’s vast geo-socio-political milieu, encouraging formation of new cricket teams with new paradigms. Just eight or ten IPL teams duking it out won’t do. There is enough competitive fire and animus in India to have many such leagues and myriad teams, giving voice (and cricket) to every section of the population. This will dissipate a lot of energy and anger that is otherwise expressed through rioting, arson, hartal, stone-throwing etc.

For instance, the recent agitation in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for retaining traditions such as Jallikattu and Kambala (a buffalo race) should have engendered teams called Tamil Nadu Jollycats and Karnataka Comeballers to play each other to determine which is better. Similarly, we could have ethnicity- and linguistic-based teams and match-ups such as Kashmiri Stonethrowers v Telengana Hungerstrikers, Malayali Malingers v Naga Naysayers etc. They could even be political outfit based, bringing into play teams such as Hurriyat Harriers facing off Dravida Dominoes.

There can also be separate metropolitan based leagues representing the defining characteristic of each city – for e.g., Bangalore TrafficJammers v Delhi Polluters, Mumbai Slumdwellers v Chennai Self-Immolators etc. Tier Two and Tier Three cities and towns can also jump into the fray (and aim for promotion to the big league) after contests between the likes of Mysore Retirees v Pune Pensioners. For that matter, even satellite cities and suburbia can get in on the action with games between the likes of Gurgaon Pretenders v Noida Nobodies. Hill Stations could line up the likes of Khandala Loafers v Kodai Romeos.

Teams could also be formed on the basis of geographical food preferences (UP Doodhwalas v Punjab Lassiwalas, Bengal Mithaiwalas v Rajasthani Halwais etc). Small towns boasting of geography specific specialties could throw up teams (Ratnagiri Alphonsos, Nagpur Oranges, Naga Mirchis, Darjeeling Teas, Malabar Peppers, Guntur Chillies, Tezpur Litchis, Nanjangud Bananas, Allahabadi Surkhas, Bikaneri Bhujias) that would bring spice and flavor to the league. Imagine the slash and burn cricket between two hot teams like Naga Mirchis v Guntur Chillies.

When all is said and done, we will have huge revenues and lasting enmity. We can then get ready for a transcontinental showdown between Indian Friends and Australian Fiends.


Top 10 cities with world’s worst traffic jams

If traffic snarls in Mumbai, Delhi or Bengaluru give you the heebie-jeebies, then you can draw satisfaction from the fact that none of the Indian cities figures in the 10 cities with the worst traffic in the world.

As many as 390 cities, in 48 countries and six continents, were surveyed by TomTom, a Dutch company manufacturing traffic and mapping products, to create the TomTom Traffic Index 2017 report which ranks cities with the worst traffic congestion.

The following are the world’s top 10 cities with the worst traffic congestion (the percentage given against each city refers to the increase in overall travel time over what time it would take to commute if there was no congestion):

(Source – World Economic Forum and TomTom Traffic Index 2017 report; image credits – Getty Images)


Airfare battle heats up with $149 flights from US to Europe

LEVEL and Wow Air are both offering rock-bottom fares from the US to Europe this summer.

At a time when major airlines are hiking up airfare for the summer rush, several low-cost carriers are offering rock-bottom prices for long haul flights.

On Monday, Icelandic discount carrier Wow Air announced that a new route from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Reykjavik will open on July 13. This is the 10th destination in North America for the airline, which already operates in nine US cities including Newark, Los Angeles and Miami. One-way tickets for the new route debuted at $99, and for an additional $149, travelers can connect to one of 23 other cities like London, Paris or Amsterdam.

Wow has been building its presence as a low-cost carrier with competitive base rates since 2011, but the field is widening fast.

On March 17, Level Airlines burst onto the scene, promoting one-way tickets from the US to Europe for an impressive $149. While flights won’t start until June, tickets can be purchased now from Barcelona to Los Angeles (June 1), San Francisco (June 2), Punta Cana (June 10) and Buenos Aires (June 17). After announcing these rock-bottom prices, Level’s website had issues processing requests, and managed to sell 52,000 tickets in just 24 hours.

Level was launched by the International Airlines Group (IAG), which is the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling. For them, offering a low-cost option provides more options to the growing number of consumers willing to fly on a no-frills airline.

“Long-haul, low-cost is a segment of the market that will experience significant growth and that we can operate profitably,” IAG said in an email to Yahoo Finance. “Level complements our current portfolio of airlines and further diversifies our existing customer base.”

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Being a part of the IAG network is one of the reasons Level is able to offer such competitive fares. For now, travelers can only book flights out of Barcelona, which is the home base for Vueling. This allows Level flights to feed into Vueling’s extensive network that currently includes more than 100 destinations around the world. While the new airline does have two new Airbus A330 aircraft, initial flights will be operated by Iberia’s flight and cabin crew.

Level ticket costs include space in the overhead compartment, but customers have to pay additional fees to check a bag. Airlines typically provide a blanket, pillow, drinks and a hot meal on long-haul flights, but travelers will have to pay for these add-ons when flying on Level.

Also churning out cheap tickets is Norwegian Air, which last month announced that it will offer one-way transatlantic tickets for $64. The new routes take travelers from small regional airports in the Northeast, to small regional airports in cities like Dublin and the UK, requiring some logistical maneuvering to get to your final destination. Still, the tickets are cheap, and will be available from July through October.

Major US carriers like United, Delta and American Airlines haven’t announced plans to launch their own low-cost carriers, but they have introduced lower-fare options for cost-conscious travelers. All three airlines offer a basic economy option, which allows fliers to take advantage of cheaper fares if they follow certain restrictions, like forgoing seat selection and not putting a bag in the overhead bin. That said, Delta did start a no-frills airline in 1996 called Delta Express, and shut it down in 2003.

Brittany is a reporter at Yahoo Finance.


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These Are the Best (and Worst) Cities for Single Moms

Single parents are faced with being the primary caregiver and primary breadwinner-two roles often difficult to balance. As of 2014, 34 percent of children live in single-parent households. For single mothers, in particular, looking to move or relocate, WalletHub, a personal finance website, analyzed data from 150 cities to find out which cities in America were best for solo moms.

The winner? Scottsdale, Ariz., ranks highest for being kid-friendly as well as single mom-friendly. WalletHub used two primary rankings to determine each city’s benefits. The ‘Single Moms’ Economic and Social Well-Being’ Rank was based on 13 factors that ranged from financial stability, to median income, to home affordability, to babysitting costs. Each of these metrics was weighted to come up with a point score, and cities were then assigned a score out of 70. WalletHub also analyzed four factors to determine how child-friendly a city was, including access to parks and the ratio of childcare workers to children. Each factor was assigned a point value, and cities were given a score out of 30 to determine kid-friendliness. Overall, the cities each received a score of 100. Scottsdale received a total score of 65.94, and ranked second-highest for Single Moms’ Economic and Social Well-Being, but ranked much lower for having a child-friendly environment.

Cities in Arizona consistently ranked high when looking at factors individually-Gilbert had the highest median annual income for single mothers, and three Arizona cities had some of the most employed single mothers with young children. The state’s cities also had affordable homes and highly educated single mothers. Many Californian cities-including Oakland and Santa Ana-showed up at the bottom of individual categories, with minimal playgrounds, poor health insurance coverage, and high babysitting costs.

For the top 10 best cities for single moms, see below. You can find all 150 cities, ranked, at

1. Scottsdale, AZ

2. Madison, WI

3. Freemont, CA

4. San Francisco, CA

5. Seattle, WA

6. Pembroke Pines, FL

7. Irvine, CA

8. Honolulu, HI

9. Sioux Falls, SD

10. Overland Park, KS

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ACT Fibernet 1Gbps broadband launches in Hyderabad, coming soon to 10 more cities

ACT Fibernet’s 1 Gbps wired internet service is slated to soon be available in the 11 cities the company has a presence in. (Representational Image. Image credit: Reuters) ACT Fibernet’s 1 Gbps wired internet service is slated to soon be available in the 11 cities the company has a presence in. (Representational Image. Image credit: Reuters)

ACT Fibernet has announced the launch of 1Gbps wired broadband internet service in India, and the first city to get a high-speed broadband connectivity is Hyderabad. The 1GB plan will be initially priced at Rs 5,999 per month with a FUP of 1TB.

ACT Fibernet claims to be the largest broadband provider in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad with over 65 per cent market share. The company said it has the best fiber optic technology available, and it aims to deliver, disrupt and lead technological growth in the country.

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“With our citizens and the government moving towards the Digital India movement, high speed internet is the need of the hour. With the launch of our 1 Gbps broadband internet service, it gives me immense pride to turn this dream into reality,” said Bala Malladi, CEO, ACT Fibernet.

He further added that a high-speed broadband connectivity at gigabit speeds will transform the way internet is now being consumed at large and this will fast track the government’s newest target to connect all its 23 million Telangana residents to the Internet by 2018.

ACT Fibernet’s 1 Gbps wired internet service is slated to soon be available in the 1o cities where the company already has a presence. It’s being said that Reliance Jio is also testing its broadband fibre network to the home (FTTH) wired network, dubbed Reliance Jio GigaFiber. For now, there is now word on a commercial launch of the service. Airtel has also bumped up speeds for its wire broadband from 16Mbps to 100Mbps.

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Jammu and Kashmir govt committee approves smart city proposals for Srinagar, Jammu

The smart city proposal for Jammu and Srinagar will also focus laying plans to counter threats like floods and earthquakes. (Illustration: C R Sasikumar) The smart city proposal for Jammu and Srinagar will also focus laying plans to counter threats like floods and earthquakes. (Illustration: C R Sasikumar)

A committee of the Jammu and Kashmir government has approved the Smart City Proposals (SCPs) for the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar for submission to the Centre.

The ‘State-Level High Power Steering Committee’ (SLHPSC), headed by Chief Secretary B R Sharma, approved the Smart City Proposals (SCPs) for Srinagar and Jammu cities for submission to the Union Ministry of Urban Development for participation in stage-II (round three) of the Smart City Competition, an official spokesman said in Jammu on Tuesday.

Following the initial approval of SCPs for the twin cities in December last year by the SLHPSC, the Union Ministry of Urban Development communicated a revised timeline for submission of the approved SCPs, and accordingly extending it to March this year.

“The extended period was utilised to further refine and improve the proposals based on citizen aspirations, expert opinion and recommendations, workshops, national seminars conducted by the Union and the state governments between January 2017 and March 2017, respectively,” he said.

Considering the vulnerability of the cities to multiple hazards, the calamities like floods and earthquakes, risk preparedness and risk response have received special focus in the SCPs’ proposal, besides urban mobility for traffic and pedestrians, solid and liquid waste disposal, scientific management of water bodies and core area development, the spokesman added.

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Indian cities may face deadly heatwaves due to global warming, warn scientists

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Global megacities like Kolkata could face annual deadly heat waves like the one that claimed over 2,000 lives in India in 2015, even if global warming is halted at the levels struck under the Paris deal, scientists have warned. Nations supporting the 2015 Paris Agreement have pledged to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

However, extreme heat events are expected to occur ever more often as the two degree Celsius limit is approached, researchers said.

An analysis of 44 of the 101 most populous “megacities” showed that the number of cities experiencing heat stress doubled with 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, researchers said.

The trend would potentially expose more than 350 million additional people to heat stress by 2050, if population continues to grow as expected, researchers said.

“As the climate warms, the number and intensity of heat waves increases,” said Tom Matthews, a climatologist at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.

“Research has shown this to be the case for the global warming experienced to date, and our research is the latest to show that we can expect even larger increases as the climate continues to warm,” Matthews was quoted as saying by ‘Health Day’.

Even if global warming is halted at Paris goals, the megacities of Karachi in Pakistan and Kolkata in India could face annual conditions similar to the deadly heat waves that gripped those regions in 2015, researchers said.

During the 2015 heat waves in those areas, about 1,200 people died in Pakistan and more than 2,000 died in India.

These heat waves are particularly threatening to large cities containing lots of heat-absorbing asphalt and concrete, not to mention huge populations, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

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