Pro League Hockey: Brilliant India thrash World Champions Germany 6-3
India fought back from a goal deficit to score four goals in the second quarter and then added two more in the final period of the match to outplay World Cup winner Germany 6-3 in a brilliant display of attacking hockey in the FIH Pro League at the Brisa Mundra International Stadium here on Monday.
Selvam Karthi and Abhishek scored a brace each as a young Indian team made the most of its chances against an experimental German team that started well but committed several defensive errors that cost them the match.
Germany scored in the second minute when Tom Grambusch converted a penalty corner but the hosts came back strongly in the second quarter with Jugraj Singh (20th min pc), Abhishek (21st min & 50th min), Karthi (23rd min & 45th min) and Harmanpreet Singh (25th min) scoring for them. In between Gonzalo Peillat (22nd min) and Malte Hellwig (30th min) scored two goals for Germany but the reigning World Champions could not prevent India from securing a memorable victory.
This is India’s third successive win in this cluster of FIH Pro League matches and second successive win over Germany. They had earlier beaten the World Champions 3-2 in the first match of this mini-tournament and defeated Australia 5-4 on Sunday.
India, who finished third in the 2021-22 season has not lost to Germany in over five years — their last defeat to them was in Bhubaneswar in 2017 — and the hosts maintained that record with a superb comeback win. They maintained a good structure throughout the match and did not succumb to pressure.
India enjoyed 52% ball possession as compared to 48% for Germany, but the Germans had an edge in all other aspects of the game except goals scored. They had 11 shots at the goal as compared to eight by India, 21 circle penetrations as compared to 20 by the hosts and earned seven penalty corners as against four by India.
There was no inkling of the final scoreline at the start of the match as the Germans made the most of an early opportunity and scored the opening goal. Tom Grambusch converted a penalty corner in the second minute. They quelled some attacks by India to lead 1-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The course of the match took a drastic turn as four goals in quick succession in the second quarter. Jugraj Singh converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute to make it 1-1 and a minute later, Abhishek scored his first goal capitalising on a defensive lapse to make it 2-1.
Germany’s former Argentine penalty corner Gonzalo Peillat blasted home a superb penalty corner goal in the 22nd minute to make it 2-2.
However, Karthi scored his first goal in the 23rd minute when he capitalised on a superb attack to make it 3-1 and when skipper Harmanpreet Singh converted a short corner in the 25th minute for his 11th goal of the tournament, India were 4-2 up and looked like cruising to victory.
However, Germany dominated the third quarter and scored their third goal when off a superb move, Marco Milkau sent in a good ball into the shooting circle and Malto Mellwig deflected it past goalie Pawan to reduce the margin to 3-4.
Young Indian goalkeeper Pawan pulled off three brilliant saves, two off the same attack, to deny Germany more goals in this quarter.
The hosts, who had finished joint-ninth in the World Cup earlier this year, turned the match on its head within seconds of the start of the fourth and final quarter when Selvam Karthi scored as India capitalised on poor trapping by Tom Gambausch.
A total breakdown of the German defence in the 50th minute helped India score a superb goal when Dilpreet Singh sent a fine pass into the circle and Gurjant set up Abhishek with a nice square pass, who flicked the ball into an empty goal.
Germany pulled out their goalkeeper towards the end of the match and earned a couple of penalty corners but failed to convert them, the hosts thus claiming three gull points from the match.
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In a bonanza for 48 lakh Central government employees and 70 lakh pensioners, the government on Friday hiked dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) by 4 per cent with retrospective effect from January 1, 2023.
The decision was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting on Friday evening.
According to official sources, the additional instalment will represent an increase of 4 per cent over the existing rate of 38 per cent of the basic pay or pension, to compensate against price rise.
The cabinet gave its approval to release an additional instalment of DA to Central government employees and DRA to pensioners with effect from January 1, 2023, they added.
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Online searches for “The Elephant Whisperers” on Google skyrocketed by a whopping 8,164 per cent worldwide after winning the award for the Best Documentary Short Film at the 95th Academy Awards, a report showed on Friday.
The finding by African media company Celeb Tattler revealed that the online searches for “Mudumalai National Park” soared by 246 per cent worldwide after the Oscar win of ‘The Elephant Whisperers’.
“After making history at this year’s Academy Awards, The Elephant Whisperers is receiving a huge boost in online searches. Not only being embraced by Hollywood – but also the world,” said a spokesperson for Celeb Tattler.
“The movie, released last year, and scored an unheard-of 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, was praised for its compelling narrative. Now, after winning the ‘Documentary Short Film’ award at this year’s Oscars ceremony, the movie’s profile is being boosted far beyond its initial release,” it added.
Moreover, Guneet Monga, the producer of the film, also received a profile boost from the award-winning documentary, receiving almost 30,000 new followers since the award ceremony, said the report.
Kartiki Gonsalves also got deserved attention for her directorial role, as her Wikipedia page views exploded after the Oscars ceremony by over 1,25,000.
In addition, her Instagram account gained over 25,000 followers, almost doubling her follower count overnight, the report mentioned.
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How to avoid falling victim to deep fake technology
The rise of deep fake technology has become a growing concern for online security experts and individuals alike.
The ability to create fake videos and images that are the same as the real thing has created a new wave of potential dangers for users of social media and other online platforms.
Here’s the concept of deep fake technology and the potential risks it poses to online security:
What is deep fake technology?
Deep fake technology is a technique that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to manipulate videos or images in a way that makes them appear to be real, even though they are entirely fabricated.
This technology has become more advanced over the years, and it is now possible to create deep fakes that are almost impossible to make out from the real thing.
This has led to a range of potential dangers, including the spread of fake news, the manipulation of public opinion, and the creation of false identities online.
Deep fake example:
Once upon a time, there was a girl who wanted to be famous on the internet. She put up lots of pictures and videos on her public account.
One day, her friend told her that there was a video of her doing pornographic on the internet, but the girl said it wasn’t her because she didn’t have a relationship yet.
However, her friend showed her the video and it did look like her, but she still said it wasn’t her. So, she files a complaint in the nearest cyber police station.
After further investigation, it comes out that it was actually not her video but a deep fake video. They took pictures of her face from all angles and put it on a pornographic video.
This shows that fake videos can be dangerous and can hurt people. It’s important to be careful with your pictures and videos online and to learn more about how to stay safe.
How to avoid falling victim to deep fake technology:
Before sharing or reacting to any news, video or image, always verify the source of the content. If the source is not reliable or the content seems suspicious, it is better to avoid it.
Deep fakes often have inconsistencies, such as strange movements or distorted features. Keep an eye out for anything that seems out of place or doesn’t match up with reality.
The more personal information you share online, the easier it is for someone to create a deep fake of you. Be careful about what you share on social media, and avoid sharing sensitive information.
Make use of privacy settings on social media platforms to limit who can see your content. This can help prevent your photos and videos from being used for deep fakes.
Stay up to date on the latest news and trends in deep fake technology. The more you know about this issue, the better prepared you will be to protect yourself and others.
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