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‘No comeback plans. I am done’: Satnam Singh snubs basketball dream once and for all to carve out career as pro wrestle


Speaking to Hindustan Times, Satnam Singh revealed that he didn’t have any comeback plans in basketball, with focus on his pro wrestling career.

Born in a remote village in Punjab, Satnam Singh created history in 2015 when he became the first Indian basketball player to be drafted into the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks as their 52nd overall pick. Since then, the 28-year-old has experienced many highs and few lows in his basketball career.

Representing the country is every athlete’s dream and Satnam achieved that as early as 13-years-old when he was selected for the Indian squad at the 2009 FIBA Asia U-16 Championship in Malaysia. He made his senior team debut at the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship and also appeared at the 2014 Asia Championship. After participating in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, Satnam was key for India at the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification, but failed to prevent a bottom-placed finish in their group.

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Unfortunately, Satnam’s basketball career was brought to an end by a two-year ban handed by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), after he tested positive for Higenamine Beta-2-Agonist. Ever since, Satnam has ventured into the professional wrestling foray, joining All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Standing at 7 feet 4 inches, he made his television debut in 2022, and now has plans to bring it to India.

In an exclusive interaction with Hindustan Times, the burly man from Ludhiana spoke about his formative years, basketball, plans with AEW and comeback plans. Here are the excerpts-

When did you start playing basketball?

I was very young when I started playing basketball in 2004-05. So since then, I began my training in Ludhiana and then I played in the Indian team, Punjab team. After that I got a sponsorship from IMG Reliance and they sent me to the USA in 2010. I trained there.

Who introduced you first to the sport?

My father’s friend. To be honest, it was my father’s friend and then he introduced me to Mr. RS Gill. RS Gill introduced me to the basketball coaches in Ludhiana and then they selected me.

How was your time in Florida at the IMG Academy?

I had a good time at the IMG Academy in Florida. Initially, I faced a lot of challenges, like talking in English to coaches, teachers or students. But after a point, everything became fine.

In the past, there have been accusations towards the Basketball Federation of India regarding alleged selection bias. Did you have any such experience and do you have a message for the officials running the sport in India?

I don’t know about it now. A lot happened in the past and we would get to know about it. Now, I can only tell them that, “please improve yourselves and give chances to the younger players, please don’t play with them.

Are basketball facilities better in your hometown now, and in the country in general?

When I was a child, we didn’t have any facilities. But now it is better. Back then we didn’t have anything. We had a stone ground.

Any thoughts on your NBA story?

When I got drafted, it was my dream. It was the dream of my entire country on my shoulders, which I needed to complete. When it was completed, then only I realised what I did, which consisted of 10 years of hard work, the commitment of my teammates, the dedication of my parents, it was all because of them.

What are your plans with AEW and in wrestling?

I have signed with AEW now, and I stay with them always. Every week we travel and we have matches also. We are planning to bring AEW to India and expose it here so that the people in this country know what it is. This is important. The youth should know that something can be done with wrestling too. Children need to find something, analyse your health and power, and see what you can do. It is not important that you need to do sports, study, become a businessman, very important.

Any basketball comeback plans as your doping ban is over?

No comeback plans. I don’t have any plan to come back there after whatever happened to me, I am done. I am focussed in wrestling right now.

(The interview was facilitated by Eurosport or Watch AEW Dynamite LIVE on EUROSPORT and EUROSPORT HD from 06:30 Hrs (06:30 am IST) onwards on Thursday, 7th December, 2023. The Eurosport channel can now be streamed on the discovery+ app.)

Mariah Carey, Bryan Tanaka separate after 7 years: ‘He wants to have a family, that’s not where she is at’


Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka split after 7 years due to different life goals

According to reports, Mariah Carey and her longtime partner Bryan Tanaka have called it quits on their love story. Speculation regarding the singer-songwriter, 54, and the backup dancer’s breakup began when Tanaka abruptly stopped attending her Merry Christmas One and All! tour in the middle of November. Even before the news was confirmed, keen social media users had noted the couple’s lack of presence in important events and social media presence.

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka break up reason

A source close to Page Six revealed that the couple broke up because they wanted different things in life. The source further cited that the huge gap of 14 years with Carey being 54 and Tanaka being 40 also played a major role in their separation. As per the insider, “He wants to have a family. That’s not where she is at.” For those who don’t know, the Obsessed singer and her ex-husband Nick Cannon already have two children together: Moroccan and Monroe. But Tanaka is childless.

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Previously, the mother of two was seen on vacation in Aspen without her partner. This was uncommon since, in the past seven years, there was hardly any instance where the duo did not accompany each other on vacations. Carey’s admission to People earlier this month that she had had a difficult year only served to fuel the growing rumors about the breakdown of the relationship.

“I’ve been looking forward to this Christmas for, like, the whole year. Since last year — because last year wasn’t the greatest,” the Songbird Supreme said. “I’m thankful for them all, but it wasn’t my most fun version of Christmas ever,” she added further.

Heartbroken fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment. A user wrote “It’s unfortunate to hear about Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka’s breakup. Age differences and differing priorities can pose challenges in relationships.”, while others said “Will Mariah Carey be celebrating the holidays as a single lady? That’s sad”, “What’s wrong in wanting a family.”

Apple ‘caught with its hands in cookie jar,’ says CEO whose company took on tech giant


Masimo CEO Joe Kiani also stated that Apple’s ‘infringement’ of his company’s technology was not ‘accidental.’

Joe Kiani, CEO of Masimo, a medical technology company that accused Apple of ‘infringing’ its patents, has slammed the tech giant, saying that the iPhone and Watch maker has been ‘caught with their hands in a cookie jar.’

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Kiani, who spoke to the Business Insider on Tuesday, also stated that the infringement was not ‘accidental.’

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“…this is a deliberate taking of our intellectual property. I am glad the world can now see we are the true inventors and creators of these technologies,” he further said, and claimed Apple hired ‘more than 20 engineers’ from Masimo.

On whether he was open to a settlement with the Tim Cook-helmed firm or not, Kiani stressed that he was ready to settle the matter, adding, however, that Apple was ‘yet to come to the table.’

“It takes two to tango,” the Masimo CEO remarked.

What is the issue?

On Masimo’s appeal, the International Trade Commission (ITC) probed and found Apple ‘guilty’ of infringement.

“After a thorough multi-year legal investigation, the ITC found that Apple infringed certain of Masimo’s patented innovations for measuring blood oxygen. The decision to exclude certain foreign-made models of the Apple Watch demonstrates that even the world’s most powerful company must abide by the law,” an ITC statement to the Business Insider read.

Accordingly, Apple has halted the US sales of its Series 9 and Ultra 2 smartwatches – the models on which the ‘infringed’ technology was used.

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However, expressing its disagreement with the ruling, it told the New York-based business and financial news website: “We strongly disagree with the order and are pursuing a range of legal and technical options to ensure that Apple Watch is available to customers. Should the order stand, we will continue to take all measures to return Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the US as soon as possible.”

Can the ban be reversed?

The ITC decision is under review by US President Joe Biden until December 25. However, a presidential administration has not vetoed an ITC ruling since 2013, the Barack Obama’s administration overturned an import ban on Apple’s iPhones and iPads from a patent dispute with Samsung.

Case against 3 persons in Navi Mumbai for duping investors of ₹52 lakh


Case against 3 persons in Navi Mumbai for duping investors of ₹52 lakh

The accused, from Uran area in Navi Mumbai, accepted deposits from the four victims between January and April this year while promising to get their money doubled in 30 days, the official from Uran police station said.

According to the official, the accused operated the investment business without due permission from the government and the Reserve Bank of India.

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Following a complaint by the victims, the police registered offences on Wednesday against the three accused under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, and the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, he added.

Kejriwal replies to ED, says summons politically motivated, illegal


Kejriwal replies to ED, says summons politically motivated, illegal

Kejriwal was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the excise policy-linked money laundering case on Thursday. However, he left for an undisclosed location for a 10-day Vipassana meditation course on Wednesday.

“Kejriwal called the fresh summons politically motivated and illegal. In his reply, he said that he has lived his life through transparency and honesty and has nothing to hide. He said he is ready to accept any legal summons,” sources said, citing his reply.

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Kejriwal was scheduled to leave for the Vipassana course on Tuesday but could not do so as he was busy with the INDIA bloc meeting. He left at around 1.30 pm on Wednesday for the pre-scheduled meditation course, officials said.

The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday questioned the timing of the summons, saying the party’s lawyers are studying the notice and “legally correct” steps will be taken.

They said Kejriwal’s Vipassana session was “pre-scheduled” and the information was in the public domain.

“Everyone knows the chief minister is leaving for Vipassana on December 19. He regularly goes for this meditation course. It’s a pre-scheduled and pre-announced plan,” AAP MP Raghav Chadha had said.

Earlier, Kejriwal was summoned by the ED on November 2 but he skipped the questioning alleging the notice was illegal and politically motivated.

Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali applies for NCA Director’s post


Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali applies for NCA Director’s post

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited applications for the post of Director NCA and a reliable source confirmed that Azhar had not only applied but also shown keen interest in taking up the job.

“The PCB is also happy that Azhar has shown interest because of his cricket and educational background,” the source said.

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Azhar retired from international cricket last year and since then has been playing first class cricket and is presently in Pakistan for a departmental tournament.

Azhar has played 97 Tests and 53 ODIs and has the experience of 263 first class matches. The PCB will appoint an NCA Director in January.

Another former Test bowler Nadeem Khan is currently serving as acting Director of the NCA after the PCB removed New Zealand’s Grant Bradburn from the post earlier this year.

Logical Reasoning series: Solving questions on Order and Ranking


Questions on order and ranking are often seen in bank job exams like SBI PO, SBI CBO, RBI Grade B and many such exams.

Logical reasoning questions in competitive exams are designed in a way that candidates can either score well if they are prepared or waste time over the question making their efforts futile.

Among the various topics that we have covered in the Logical Reasoning series, questions based on order and ranking can not only be fun to solve but also and easy way to score marks that will help in the overall ranking.

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Questions on order and ranking are often seen in bank job exams like SBI PO, SBI CBO, RBI Grade B and many such exams. To solve questions on order and ranking, one must understand that it involves the arrangement of the specified object/person/situation in its order which could be from left to right or top to bottom.

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Eventually, we are decoding the rank/position of various subjects mentioned in the question. Different scenarios can be asked based on the competitive exam and the difficulty level.

Consider the following question:

In a row of persons, the position of Tina from the left side of the row is 72nd and the position of Tina from the right side of the row is 43rd. Find the total number of students in the row.

Solution: Here’s a tip to solve questions like this

Here we need to find the total number of people in the row

Tina is the subject that the question has mentioned, with the help of which we can determine the number of people in the row

It is mentioned that Tina’s position from the left is 72nd and from the right is 43rd

Hence the total number of people in the row would be = (72+43) – 1

Answer= 114

Here’s a question to check if you have grasped the trick to solve the questions.

In a row of objects, the position of a toy from the left side of the row is 27th and the position of the toy from the right side of the row is 34th. Find the total number of toys in the row.

Look out for this space for the answer

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Answers for Calendars Part III questions.

How many odd days are there in 300 years?

Answer = 1 odd day

Karnataka reports two Covid-19 deaths, to ramp up testing to 5,000 per day


Karnataka logged 20 fresh cases on Wednesday, with a positivity rate of 2.47 per cent.

Karnataka reported two Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours amid a surge in infections after the emergence of a new subvariant of the virus, called JN.1. Both of the deceased were male, aged 44 and 76, according to news agency PTI. One of them had shown no symptoms, while the other was suffering from difficulty in breathing, the agency said.

A 64-year-old man from Chamarajpet, Bengaluru, also passed away a few days ago after being infected by the Sars CoV-2 virus, Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao told media on Wednesday. He added that it is not yet known if he died from the new subvariant. The deceased had been suffering from several comorbidities, including TB infection, hypertension, lung disease, bronchial asthma, pneumonia and heart failure, the Minister said.

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Karnataka logged 20 fresh cases, having conducted a total of 808 tests on Wednesday, out of which 407 were RTPCR tests and 401 were Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT). The state had a positivity rate of 2.47 per cent.

There were 92 active cases in the state, most of which were mild. While 72 patients were isolated in their homes, 20 were hospitalised, out of which 13 were in general wards and seven were receiving treatment in the ICU. Five patients recovered on Wednesday and were discharged, the state health department’s bulletin noted.

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Karnataka’s total Covid tally was at 40.89 lakhs, with the case fatality rate standing at 10 per cent. The state’s health department recently advised the elderly (those above the age of 60), those with comorbidities (especially kidney, heart, and liver ailments), pregnant women, and lactating mothers to wear face masks out in public.

The state government also decided to ramp up testing amid the spike in infections, and said officials would increase the number to tests to 5,000 per day in the next three days.

(With PTI inputs)

UGC NET December Answer Key 2023 awaited: Where, how to download provisional answer key


UGC NET December Answer Key 2023 is awaited. Know where and how to download provisional answer key.

National Testing Agency, NTA will release UGC NET December Answer Key 2023 in due course of time. Candidates who have appeared for the University Grants Commission, UGC NET can download the provisional answer key through the official website of UGC NET at

The written examination was conducted on December 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2023 at various exam centers across the country. To download the answer key, candidates can follow the steps given below.

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UGC NET December Answer Key 2023: How to download

Visit the official website of UGC NET at Click on UGC NET December Answer Key 2023 link available on the home page. A new page will open where candidates will have to enter the login details. Click on submit and the answer key will be displayed on the screen. Check the answer key and download the page. Keep a hard copy of the same for further need.

Once the answer key is released, the objection window will open. Candidates will have to raise objections against the answer key by paying processing fees for each question raised. Once the objection window closes, the final answer key and the results will be declared. For more related details candidate can check the official website of UGC NET.

Inox India makes stellar debut on BSE, listed at 41 per cent above issue price


Inox India IPO listing: The subscription for the IPO was carried out from December 14 and 18. The share allocation was finalised on December 19.

Cryogenic tank maker INOX India made a blockbuster debut on the stock exchanges, listing at 41 per cent above the issue price. The shares of Inox India were listed at ₹933 a piece, more than the issue price of 660. The shares did hit an all-time high of ₹978.

The IPO of Inox India was subscribed 61.28 times on the last day of the offer. The issue had received bids for 94,84,24,268 shares against 1,54,77,670 shares on offer, as per the NSE data.

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The subscription for the ₹1,459.32 crore issue was carried out from December 14 and 18. The share allocation was finalised on December 19. The company had raised ₹438 crore from anchor investors on December 13, a day before its IPO had opened for subscriptions.

The company had allotted 66.33 lakh equity shares to 41 funds at ₹660 apiece, which is also the upper end of the price band, according to a circular uploaded on BSE’s website.ALSO READ: Innova Captab IPO opens for subscription. Check price band, GMP

The investors participated in the anchor book include Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Nomura, Goldman Sachs, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, HDFC Life Insurance Company, SBI Mutual Fund (MF), HDFC MF, Nippon India MF, Axis MF, Aditya Birla Sun Life MF and Tata MF, PTI reported.

INOX India, one of the leading cryogenic tank manufacturers, has over 30 years of experience offering solutions across the design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of equipment and systems for cryogenic conditions.

ICICI Securities and Axis Capital were the managers to the offer.