Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer battled past in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 4-6 6-4 to reach the last-16 at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.Federer, playing his first Tour-level match since suffering a shock fourth-round defeat by John Millman at the US Open last month, broke Medvedev twice to take the opening set.Fresh off the biggest title of his career in Tokyo, Medvedev saved a break point early in the second set and that gave him momentum to grab a break of his own to force a decider.Both players failed to take their opportunities to take an early lead in the final set before two unforced errors from Medvedev handed Federer a break in the ninth game.The 37-year-old Swiss served out the match in just under two hours to keep hopes of a third Shanghai title alive. He will next face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 6-1.Fourth seed Alexander Zverev edged one step closer to qualifying for next month’s ATP Finals after a hard-fought 7-5 6-4 win over in-form Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.The 21-year-old German fought off a cold and showed great confidence to wrap up the victory at the Qi Zhong Stadium.”I played a solid match. I did everything that I needed to win,” said Zverev.”As you can probably hear in my voice, I’m a little sick right now, so feeling a little bit low energy, but I hope it will get better over the next few days.”advertisementArgentine Juan Martin del Potro overcame a slow start to outlast France’s Richard Gasquet 7-5 7-6(7).Third seed Del Potro won four straight games from 3-5 down in the opening set before recovering from 2-6 deficit in the second set tiebreak to set up a third round meeting with Croatian Borna Coric.Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces to breeze past Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-2.(With Reuters inputs)
The official amendments to “The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011,” “The Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011” and “The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2008” will be moved in the current session of the Parliament.During his budget speech in the Lok Sabha, Friday, the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that “these amendments are based on the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Finance that has gone into details of the above bills.”Government Takes Steps to Finalize Pricing and Investment Policies for UreaPresenting the General Budget 2012-13, Pranab Mukherjee informed that various measures have been taken by the Government to finalize pricing and investment policies for urea.Mukherjee said that for potassic-phosphatic (P&K) fertilizer, use of Single Super Phosphate (SSP) will be encouraged through greater extension work.He also said that as the fertilizer is manufactured entirely in the domestic sector, enhanced production will bring down the country’s dependence on P&K import.Furthermore, he stated that with the implementation of the investment policy in this sector, it is expected that the country will become self-sufficient within the next five years.
Jhootha Kahin KaPR HandoutThe Panchanama Boys along with Rishi Kapoor are here as “Jhootha Kahin Ka” releases today. It has already become a talk of the town and is earning massive brownie points with the audience. With several Bollywood celebrities praising the film, trade experts are predicting good growth in box office numbers over the weekend.4 decades post the release of Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh starrer Jhootha Kahin Ka, this trailblazing comedy also starring Pyaar Ka Punchnama actors Sunny Singh and Omkar Kapoor aspires to earn box office merit for its comic timing, entertaining one liners and will give new direction to situational and witty humour in Bollywood.The family entertainer shot in Punjab, Mauritius and Bangkok last year, also stars Jimmy Sheirgill, Lillete Dubey, Rajesh Sharma and Manoj Joshi, and revolves around two students who are reluctant to return to India owing to their fascination for a foreign land, prompting one of the boy’s simpleton father to embark on a surprise visit, only to open up Pandora’s box of fabrications and hoaxes.The film is directed by leading Punjabi film director, Smeep Kang, the only director to have contributed 100 crores annually to the Punjabi film industry, and makes his Bollywood debut with this film.Producer Deepak Mukut states, “The film is being received very well in urban and rural centres and it is being appreciated by the audience for its’ apt comical content and casting.”Producer Anuj Sharma adds on, “We are confident of a steady run at the box office with the love the film is receiving across the country”Jhootha Kahin Ka is produced by Deepak Mukut and Anuj Sharma, under the banner of Shantketan Entertainments and presented by Soham Rockstar Entertainment. The film releases today.The film is currently sharing box office business with Kabir Singh, Super 30, Family Of Thakurganj, and Lion King
Laptops, smartphones, tablets and web-based apps let groups collaborate from virtually anywhere around the globe. But in-person collaboration has largely remained tech-resistant. Until now, that is.Say goodbye to disengaged team members who zone out when asked to stare at non-interactive presentation tools. A growing number of collaborative display devices are being designed to help promote teamwork and more productive meetings.Here are four tools to help you transform your conference room into a true collaborative space:The Steelcase media:scape table and teleconferencing tool1. Build an interactive environment.For some entrepreneurs, the traditional conference room setup of a big table and projector is no longer the best way to manage a team of employees and their mobile devices. Another option is to create a collaborative environment that lets you work more comfortably and conveniently from a variety of locations.For screen sharing, consider using a large display that everyone can see clearly and that can be easily connected to a variety of devices. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Steelcase specializes in tech and team-friendly office arrangements. The company’s collaborative table and teleconferencing tool called media:scape lets up to four users plug in and share their own device screens — and audio — on a central display simply by pushing a button.Related: Five Ways to Boost Productivity with New Tech ToolsIn addition to the full-size conference style version, Steelcase comes in mini and mobile versions. Prices vary by configuration. How Success Happens The 3M Multi-Touch Display2. Get more hands-on.Large format touchscreens can be useful collaboration tools for side-by-side computer work. Touch displays, including the Multi-Touch Display from St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M, can turn any computer session into a shareable iPad-like experience. Touch-enabled monitors such as the 18.5-inch 3M Multi-Touch Display (about $1,175) allow multiple users to manipulate content on the screen without surrendering the mouse or keyboard.While it’s probably not practical for two or more people to work on one screen all the time, touch functions can be useful for graphic designers and other creative workers when they’re brainstorming on the same document.Related: Why Next-Gen Displays Might Be Your Next Point-of-Sale Marketing ToolA SMART interactive whiteboard system3. Try an interactive white board.Interactive whiteboards from companies such as Calgary, Canada-based SMART are similar to touch-based monitors, but large enough to allow groups to collaborate on digital content, including web pages and PDF files.These tools take the traditional white board up several notches. Groups can write directly on the display — mark up documents, make highlights or take notes — and the smart board will capture the changes.Basic interactive whiteboards from SMART start at about $1,000.The Samsung SUR40 ‘smart’ table4. Turn your conference table into a computer.Technology companies have transformed staid conference room tables into “smart” tables that can act as giant tablet computers. Simply pull up documents, images and other content directly to the table’s screen, and people can manipulate the items with their hands.Take for instance the Samsung SUR40, developed in collaboration with Microsoft. This device was designed as a customer engagement and marketing tool, but it also has potential as a next-generation collaboration platform.Related: Three Wild Tools from Tech EntrepreneursWhile smart conference tables can be useful for group review of content or face-to-face presentations in small groups, they aren’t inexpensive. The Samsung SUR40 retails for about $9,000.Bottom line: For businesses looking to fundamentally change the way they collaborate, these tools now make that possible. If any of them can turn just one good idea into a great one, the benefits can more than offset the initial cost. Listen Now 4 min read February 29, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.