Daily Archives: February 20, 2015

Will Apple be ready with its iCar by 2020?


The alleged Apple car may launch by 2020. In a report, Bloomberg cites unnamed sources, who say that Apple will be manufacturing its own electric vehicles as early as 2020. Apple’s automobile efforts have been talked about a lot in the recent weeks, with speculations about the company taking on Tesla and General Motors eventually.

Further, both Tesla and General Motors have reportedly set targets for 2017 for releasing their respective new electric vehicles. These cars will be able to run for over 320 kms on a single charge and will cost less than $40,000 (Rs. 24.5 lakhs).

Of course, Apple has neither denied nor admitted that it’s working on an electric vehicle. That said, there have been multiple reports and videos claiming the same. In fact, some videos have even showed alleged Apple Car prototypes.

The only confirmed automobile-related effort that Apple has ever made is Apple Carplay. The company though has been hiring employees from reputed automobile companies recently.


Sri Lanka confirms Indian PM’s visit


The Sri Lankan government on Friday confirmed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the island nation next month.

Cabinet Spokesperson and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka March 13 on a three day official visit to hold talks with the government, Xinhua reported.

Senaratne said that Modi’s visit will be the first bilateral visit by an Indian prime in over 25 years.

Modi is also expected to travel to the country’s war ravaged northern region.

The visit has been scheduled a month after the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to New Delhi.

Sirisena who termed his recent visit to India as successful, returned Feb 18 after signing four key agreements with the Indian government, including one on civil nuclear cooperation.

The agreements will further strengthen the economic, power and energy, fisheries and cultural affairs sectors between the two countries, the health minister added.


ICC World Cup 2015: Don’t underestimate Sri Lanka, says Muttiah Muralitharan


Muttiah Muralitharan has been a part of three World Cup finals in five attempts. But hasn’t tasted success since the Arjuna Ranatunga led Sri Lankan team won it for the first time in 1996. Ricky Ponting’s Australia took it far away from them in the 2007 World Cup final while MS Dhoni’s India chased their way to success in 2011. Murali doesn’t count Sri Lanka as top favourites to conquer this World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but given their World Cup track record gives out a warning, ‘Don’t underestimate Sri Lanka’. This and a lot more in an exclusive conversation with Headlines Today.

Question. How do you read the World Cup so far? No surprises.

Muttiah Muralitharan: Yes, there has been no surprise so far in this World Cup. West Indies losing to Ireland can be counted as a surprise but nothing apart from that. All the expected teams are winning. Pakistan is a lesser team than India so no surprise they lost that game.

Q. How big a factor is the ‘home advantage’ in this World Cup?

Muralitharan: Home advantage is a big factor. Australia and New Zealand are fancied because they are playing at home. Even South Africa is used to similar conditions. We had seen in the last World Cup that the sub continent teams did well. Conditions matter a lot so much so that it sometimes becomes difficult for other teams to scale them.

Q. India has got off to a perfect start to their campaign…

Muralitharan: India needed this win badly. This win would have given them some confidence. For last two and half months they haven’t won anything. But World Cup is a different competition. And once a team comes to quarters, you never know how it goes.

Q. What sort of role do you see spin playing in this World Cup?

Muralitharan: If there is a great spinner, he will do well. But in these conditions fast bowlers will always be more effective.

Q. Sri Lanka has started with a loss. Does that worry you?

Muralitharan: Sri Lanka’s first loss is not a big deal. They lost to New Zealand who is one of the favourites. It’s important now to win other games and get to quarters. Sri Lanka is always dangerous. Their performance in World Cup has been great for last 20 years. So don’t underestimate Sri Lanka.


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