Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMay 3, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 23:37 IST IPL 2019: Shubman Gill hit his 2nd successive fifty as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets in Mohali. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill’s 3rd fifty of the 2019 IPL helped KKR beat KXIP by 7 wickets in Mohali on FridayChasing 184, KKR rode on strong knocks from openers Gill and Chris Lynn (46)KKR, who had lost 6 matches in a row, now have a strong chance of making it to the playoffsShubman Gill hit his 2nd successive fifty in the 2019 Indian Premier League as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets in Mohali on Friday. Chasing 184, Gill led the charge for KKR but Chris Lynn (46) and Andre Russell (24) also made crucial contributions.Kolkata Knight Riders now have 12 points from 13 matches and have a very real chance of making it to the playoffs if they beat Mumbai Indians in the last league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. KKR had won 4 out of their first 5 matches this season before losing 6 in a row.That’s that from Mohali. The @KKRiders win by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare #KXIPvKKR pic.twitter.com/2UMbc9tau6 IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR snapped their losing streak with a 34-run victory over Mumbai Indians and then beat KXIP in Mohali to register back-to-back wins.Chris Lynn, who had set the tone for KKR’s 232 with a 29-ball 54 against MI, once again led the charge for his team with a 22-ball 46 against Kings XI Punjab Friday night. His knock was studded with 5 fours and 3 sixes and KKR had raced away to 62 for no loss in 5.5 overs before Andrew Tye removed Lynn off the last ball of the powerplay.WATCH: Lynn goes berserk with 46(21) at MohaliFull video here https://t.co/YWj2yV5eEg #KXIPvKKR pic.twitter.com/ZDYyd8cjjH IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR did not look like a happy unit on the field but their batsmen were in a fiery mood. After Chris Lynn’s exit, while Shubman Gill took his time, Robin Uthappa walked out and smashed a 14-ball 22. Andre Russell, the most aggressive batsman in the 2019 Indian Premier League, hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in a 14-ball 24.advertisementRussell’s blitz was ended by Mohammed Shami but by the time Dinesh Karthik joined Shubman Gill in the middle, KKR were on the cusp of victory.Shubman Gill, many felt, was batting too low down the order. But he has impressed more often than not whenever he got the chance to open alongside Chris Lynn. After his classy 76 against a Mumbai Indians attack which included Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Gill turned his attention to KXIP’s star-studded bowling line-up.Shubman Gill smashed 2 sixes and a 4 off KXIP captain and star India spinner R Ashwin to show his quality. Even as Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell departed, Gill kept his calm and took Kolkata Knight Riders to a memorable home.FIFTY!Back to back half-centuries for @RealShubmanGill. #KKR 128/2 after 13 https://t.co/IsIIYHHEVq pic.twitter.com/g8teqUTair IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019Earlier in the evening, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and asked Kings XI Punjab to bat in Mohali. Sandeep Warrier struck in successive overs to remove the dangerous KL Rahul (2) and Chris Gayle (14). With the KXIP openers back in the dug-out before the powerplay, KKR hoped to put further pressure on the hosts.However, Nicholas Pooran led the fightback for Kings XI Punjab and KKR’s bowlers were suddenly looking listless. Experienced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla went for 14 in his first over and Dinesh Karthik had clearly had enough. He gathered his players around in the first timeout and reprimanded them in full public view as coach Jacques Kallis looked on.Dinesh Karthik’s dressing-down seemed to have made the players a little gloomy. Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa looked far from happy as did the rest of the KKR camp as Pooran kept attacking their bowlers. He eventually fell to the part-time off spin of Nitish Rana while the dangerous looking Mayank Agarwal was run out thanks to a strong throw from Rinku Singh in the deep.Just when it looked like KKR could restrict KXIP to a smaller total, Sam Curran walked out and smashed his maiden Indian Premier League fifty.Sam Curran had picked a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals to win KXIP a thriller and against KKR in their penultimate match of the season, he showed why he is such a dangerous all-rounder.Sam Curran hit 7 fours and 2 sixes to finish unbeaten on 55 off 24 balls as Kings XI Punjab reached 183 for 6 off 20 overs.Also Read | IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in MohaliAlso Read | Shubman Gill is a prodigy and the next big thing in Indian cricket: Robin UthappaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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New Delhi: Housing sales in eight major cities increased marginally by 4 per cent to 1.29 lakh units during the first half of this calendar year, largely driven by rise in demand of affordable homes, according to property consultant Knight Frank. The supply of new homes rose by 21 per cent to 1.11 lakh units during January-June 2019 from 1.24 lakh units in the year-ago period, the consultant said. Knight Frank Tuesday released its half-yearly report – ‘India Real Estate’ that tracks demand, supply and prices of residential and office properties in eight cities — Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHousing sales increased to 1,29,285 units from 1,24,288 units, while new launches rose to 1,11,175 units from 91,739 units during the period under review. Unsold inventories lying with the developers dropped by 9 per cent to 4,50,263 units. “The India sales improved by 4 per cent in H1 2019 making this the third consecutive quarter to record sales improvements,” said Knight Frank India Executive Director (North) Mudasir Zaidi told reporters here. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe trends conclusively show a general arrest of a declining trend that can well be the inflection point leading to growth of sales in the market, Zaidi said. According to the data, NCR saw maximum increase in demand with sales rising by 10 per cent at 19,852 units during the first six months of this year, followed by Bengaluru with 9 per cent increase at 28,225 units. Housing sales in Pune were up by 6 per cent at 17,364 units, 5 per cent in Chennai at 8,979 units, 4 per cent in Mumbai to 33,731 units, 2 per cent in Ahmedabad at 8,212 units. Demand was flat at 8,334 units in Hyderabad. However, sales declined in Kolkata by 30 per cent to 4,588 units. This is primarily due to the procedural delays caused by the West Bengal Housing Industry Regulatory Authority and the pronounced dependence of developers on the distressed non-banking financial company (NBFC) sector. “The concerted efforts by the government and the incentives given have resulted in substantial demand in affordable housing which has resulted in an overall boost to residential sales. This also seems to be in line with the government vision for ‘housing for all’,” said Shishir Baijal, CMD, Knight Frank India. The weighted average prices have stagnated across cities with Mumbai, Pune and Chennai seeing prices fall by a further 3 per cent, 4 per cent and 3 per cent year-on-year (YoY), respectively. Hyderabad continues to see exceptional price growth at 9 per cent YoY due to the high proportion of ready inventory and very little supply coming online during 2018. During the last four years, the growth in residential prices in most of the top eight cities of India has been below retail inflation growth and the gap has progressively increased since H1 2016.
The secrets of a teenager’s First World War diary were finally unlocked after his family’s internet appeal to decode the Pitman shorthand.As a teenage boy, growing up in Hull in 1915, a 15-year-old Stanley Hooker used shorthand to document his thoughts and movements in a small pocket diary.However Mr Hooker, who lived in Barmston Street, Hull, was killed aged 18 on November 6th, 1918, having enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers. For over 100 years the diary has remained in the family but was never read, due to the fact no one in his family read shorthand.It was earlier this month when Mr Hooker’s great-great-niece, Amy Abethell, 38, found the diary at her father’s home in Hull that she turned to Twitter for help in order to make sense of the written symbols. In one diary post the author wrote about a job rejection he received for a shorthand typist role at a bank, suggesting why he had chosen to learn the skill, which was typically used by secretaries and journalists. Other diary entries included the everyday mundanities of life. “Another alright day. My cold is not better. Mrs Henderson didn’t come as it was raining,” one read.He also wrote about friends visiting and the state of a cold he was suffering. Amy Abethell took to twitter for help in deciphering her great-great-uncle’s shorthand Credit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY However Ms Baird, a former shorthand teacher, observed Mr Hooker’s style had been “challenging”.“It doesn’t look like there’s anything secretive in his writing which is quite common but some parts are difficult to read,” she said.Ms Baird has since been sent some more pages of the diary to decipher and aims to transcribe one to two entries a day.She said: “Stanley’s shorthand is particularly challenging. He was only about 15 when he wrote it so I suspect he was learning at the time.”Ms Abethell added that decoding the diary had been like seeing him “coming to life over 100 years later” Calling short hand writers. This is my great great uncles diary. He died 6/11/1918. Any ideas as to what it says? pic.twitter.com/L3uFEOF499— Amy Abethell (@AmyAbethell) February 9, 2019 Ms Abethell, from Nottingham, wrote: “Calling shorthand writers. This is my great great uncle’s diary. He died on 6/11/1918. Any ideas as to what it says? There’s quite a few pages in the book.”After much excitement on Twitter she cautioned that it “might be just a shopping list”.Fortunately 64-year-old pitman expert Kathryn Baird, of Warmington, Northamptonshire, was able to decipher the code for Ms Abethell, which revealed diary entries about having a cold and doing some shopping. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
State-owned mining company Terrafame is a step closer to building a $200 million battery chemicals plant in Sotkamo, Finland, after the local government signed off on construction.The municipality’s building authorities have granted the permit for two buildings in accordance with the application submitted in May.The project involves a 7,750 m² building for the “crystallisation phase” of the production process and a 10,540 m² building for the extraction phase, according to Terrafame.Terrafame CEO Joni Lukkaroinen said: “Obtaining a building permit is one important milestone in this project. We are now proceeding to the earthwork construction and continuing with the detailed designing of the plant.”The buildings are intended to be located on the opposite side of the railway line to Terrafame’s current metals production plant in Sotkamo (pictured). Here, the company processes the nickel-, cobalt- and zinc-rich pregnant leach solution that comes from mining and bioleaching ore at the nearby mine.Terrafame has been investigating the production of battery chemicals since the beginning of 2017 and, over the past months, has progressed the project from feasibility to the detailed engineering.The company is also carrying out an environmental impact assessment, for which a report is currently being prepared.The new production plant under consideration would have a capacity of approximately 150,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate and 5,000 t of cobalt sulphate per year, making Terrafame one of the largest nickel sulphate producers globally. In addition to the sulphates used in electric vehicle batteries, the plant would produce ammonium sulphate.Last year, a cooperation network was set up specifically to obtain international investment in a “battery cluster” in Finland.