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The sports wrap: Gujarat gain slight edge over Mumbai in Ranji Trophy final, and other top stories

Lodha panel asks BCCI state units to give written assurances that cricket will not be affected, Delhi Sultans bow out of Pro Wrestling League

The big story: Parthiv Patel leads Gujarat’s surge

Gujarat reached 291/6 against Mumbai at the end of day two of the Ranji Trophy final with a handy lead of 63. Mumbai’s bowlers were frustrated by Parthiv Patel (90) and Manprit Juneja’s (77) timely efforts after getting rid of in-form openers Samit Gohel and Priyank Panchal.

While Abhishek Nayar proved a handy customer with his medium-pacers with three crucial wickets, Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Sandhu and spinner Vijay Gohil struggled for long spells. Patel and Juneja brought up 108 for the fourth wicket. The defending champions were sloppy on the field too, dropping a couple of catches.

Other top stories

Cricket

  • After recently being appointed as the Indian skipper in all three formats of the game, Virat Kohli called the experience “surreal” and added that there are multiple ways to chart out success.
  • The Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee instructed Board of Control for Cricket in India CEO Rahul Johri to get written assurances from all state units hosting matches that cricket will no way be affected.
  • Indian spin ace Ravichandran Ashwin opined that despite stepping down, MS Dhoni’s will hold the key as a communicator as a seasoned campaigner in the camp.
  • Yuvraj Singh’s father, former cricketer Yograj Singh, once again lashed out at Dhoni, stating that the 35-year-old made a comeback in the Indian team because of the latter stepping down as captain.
  • Dhoni continued to earn rich praise from his teammates with swashbuckling batsman Rohit Sharma observing his switch from a middle-order batsman to opener a career-changing decision.
  • India’s fitness trainer Shankar Basu has taken a break from the national team and has been replaced by Pune-based Anand Date.

Football

  • Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association with breaching its anti-doping procedures, the governing body said on Wednesday.
  • Mexico and USA have emerged as frontrunners to host the 2026 World Cup, where, for the first time, 48 teams will take part. Canada are also in the running for submitting a bid.
  • Former Manchester City and Fiorentina forward Stefan Jovetic has moved to Spanish side Sevilla on loan and will play out the rest of the season there.
  • The agent of AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas revealed that the Italian giants had rejected a 40 million euro bid from English Premier League top dog Arsenal in the summer.
  • Fresh from winning the FIFA World Player of the year award, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out coaching from his future plans once he hangs up his boots.

Tennis

  • Leander Paes and his new partner, Brazilian Andre Sa ousted top seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi 7-6(3), 6-3 in the ASB Classic in Auckland on Wednesday, PTI reported.   
  • Yuki Bhambri breezed through to the second round of the Australian Open qualifiers after beating American Stefan Kozlov 6-1, 6-4 in Melbourne on Wednesday.
  • The Indo-Czech duo of Sania Mirza Barbora Strycova entered the semi-finals of the Apia International in Sydney after defeating Madison Brengle and Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.  

Badminton

  • Chennai Smashers defeated Awadhe Warriors 4-3 in a Premier Badminton League on Wednesday. 

Chess

  • Grandmaster Murali Karthikeyan defeated compatriot KS Raghunandan in the fourth round of 15th Parsvnath Delhi International Open Chess tournament.

Wrestling

  • Delhi Sultans’ campaign in the second season of Pro Wrestling League ended as they slumped to their third consecutive defeat, losing 2-5 to Haryana Hammers. 

Basketball

  • Tamil Nadu beat Gujarat 86-43 in the men’s competition of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship on Wednesday.  
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From catching Goan dances in Lisbon to sampling langar in Munich

A guide to the surprising Indian connect in Lisbon and Munich.

For several decades, a trip to Europe simply meant a visit to London, Paris and the Alps of Switzerland. Indians today, though, are looking beyond the tried and tested destinations and making an attempt to explore the rest of Europe as well. A more integrated global economy, moreover, has resulted in a more widespread Indian diaspora. Indeed, if you know where to look, you’ll find traces of Indian culture even in some unlikely cities. Lisbon and Munich are good cities to include in your European sojourn as they both offer compelling reasons to visit, thanks to a vibrant cultural life. Here’s a guide to everything Indian at Lisbon and Munich, when you wish to take a break from all the sight-seeing and bar crawling you’re likely to indulge in.

Lisbon

Lisbon is known as one of the most vibrant cities in Western Europe. On its streets, the ancient and the modern co-exist in effortless harmony. This shows in the fact that the patron saint day festivities every June make way for a summer that celebrates the arts with rock, jazz and fado concerts, theatre performances and art exhibitions taking place around the city. Every two years, Lisbon also hosts the largest Rock festival in the world, Rock in Rio Lisboa, that sees a staggering footfall.

The cultural life of the city has seen a revival of sorts under the current Prime Minister, Antonio Costa. Costa is of Indian origin, and like many other Indian-origin citizens prominent in Portugal’s political, business and entertainment scenes, he exemplifies Lisbon’s deep Indian connect. Starting from Vasco Da Gama’s voyage to India, Lisbon’s historic connection to Goa is well-documented. Its traces can be still be seen on the streets of both to this day.

While the Indian population in Lisbon is largely integrated with the local population, a few diaspora groups are trying to keep their cultural roots alive. Casa de Goa, formed in the ‘90s, is an association of people of Goans, Damanese and Diuese origins residing in Lisbon. Ekvat (literally meaning ‘roots’ in Konkani) is their art and culture arm that aims to preserve Goan heritage in Portugal. Through all of its almost 30-year-long existence, Ekvat has been presenting traditional Goan dance and music performances in Portugal and internationally.

Be sure to visit the Champlimaud Centre for the Unknown, hailed a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, which was designed by the critically-acclaimed Goan architect Charles Correa. If you pay attention, you can find ancient Indian influences, like cut-out windows and stand-alone pillars. The National Museum of Ancient Art also has on display a collection of intricately-crafted traditional Goan jewellery. At LOSTIn - Esplanada Bar, half of the people can be found lounging about in kurtas and Indian shawls. There’s also a mural of Bal Krishna and a traditional Rajasthani-style door to complete the desi picture. But it’s not just the cultural landmarks that reflect this connection. The integration of Goans in Lisbon is so deep that most households tend to have Goa-inspired textiles and furniture as a part of their home decor, and most families have adapted Goan curries in their cuisine. In the past two decades, the city has seen a surge in the number of non-Goan Indians as well. North Indian delicacies, for example, are readily available and can be found on Zomato, which has a presence in the city.

If you wish to avoid the crowds of the peak tourist season, you can even consider a visit to Lisbon during winter. To plan your trip, check out your travel options here.

Munich

Munich’s biggest draw remains the Oktoberfest – the world’s largest beer festival for which millions of people from around the world converge in this historic city. Apart from the flowing Oktoberfest beer, it also offers a great way to get acquainted with the Bavarian folk culture and sample their traditional foods such as Sauerkraut (red cabbage) and Weißwurst (a white sausage).

If you plan to make the most of the Oktoberfest, along with the Bavarian hospitality you also have access to the services of the Indian diaspora settled in Munich. Though the Indian community in Munich is smaller than in other major European destinations, it does offer enough of a desi connect to satisfy your needs. The ISKCON temple at Munich observes all major rituals and welcomes everyone to their Sunday feasts. It’s not unusual to find Germans, dressed in saris and dhotis, engrossed in the bhajans. The Art of Living centre offers yoga and meditation programmes and discourses on various spiritual topics. The atmosphere at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Sabha is similarly said to be peaceful and accommodating of people of all faiths. They even organise guided tours for the benefit of the non-Sikhs who are curious to learn more about the religion. Their langar is not to be missed.

There are more options that’ll help make your stay more comfortable. Some Indian grocery stores in the city stock all kinds of Indian spices and condiments. In some, like Asien Bazar, you can even bargain in Hindi! Once or twice a month, Indian film screenings do take place in the cinema halls, but the best way to catch up on developments in Indian cinema is to rent video cassettes and VCDs. Kohinoor sells a wide range of Bollywood VCDs, whereas Kumaras Asean Trades sells Tamil cassettes. The local population of Munich, and indeed most Germans too, are largely enamoured by Bollywood. Workshops on Bollywood dance are quite popular, as are Bollywood-themed events like DJ nights and dance parties.

The most attractive time to visit is during the Oktoberfest, but if you can brave the weather, Munich during Christmas is also a sight to behold. You can book your tickets here.

Thanks to the efforts of the Indian diaspora abroad, even lesser-known European destinations offer a satisfying desi connect to the proud Indian traveller. Lufthansa, which offers connectivity to Lisbon and Munich, caters to its Indian flyers’ priorities and understands how proud they are of their culture. In all its India-bound flights and flights departing from India, flyers can expect a greeting of Namaste by an all-Indian crew, Indian food, and popular Indian in-flight entertainment options, making the airline More Indian than You Think. And as the video shows, India’s culture and hospitality have been internalised by Lufthansa to the extent that they now offer a definitive Indian flying experience.

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