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A new season brings new opportunities for amateur and professional bettors alike to lock in PGA Tour picks. The 2018 Hero World Challenge, which begins Thursday at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, features many of golf’s biggest stars. In fact, four of the top five players in the world will can be found in this week’s field. Justin Rose, the No. 1 ranked player in all of golf, is the Vegas favorite at 7-1 Hero World Challenge odds, followed closely by Dustin Johnson (8-1) and defending champion Rickie Fowler (9-1). Tiger Woods, fresh off dropping a $9 million match to Phil Mickelson, is also listed at 9-1. Before you make any Hero World Challenge picks and predictions or enter a daily fantasy golf tournament on sites like DraftKings or FanDuel, you’ll want to hear what the team at SportsLine has to say.

SportsLine’s prediction model, which was built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods‘ deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot. The proprietary computer model has been spot-on in the past couple of weeks as well. It was all over Bryson Dechambeau (12-1) winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, projecting him to finish on top of the leaderboard from the start. It also correctly predicted Brooks Koepka’s (9-1) victory at the CJ Cup. Anyone who has followed the model is up huge.

Now that the star-studded 2018 Hero World Challenge field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising.

One huge shocker the model is calling for this week: Woods, a five-time champion of this event, stumbles and barely cracks the top 10.

Woods began his improbable comeback at this event last year. In fact, he didn’t even rank inside the top 1,000 golfers in the world at the time. Now, after his stunning victory at the season-ending Tour Championship, Woods enters this week’s tournament with an Official World Golf Ranking of 13.

However, Woods’ last Hero World Challenge victory came in 2011 when the tournament was held in California. He also finished last season ranked 129th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy percentage (58.98), which could cause trouble this week at Albany Golf Club. There are far better values in this loaded field than the 9-1 premium he’s commanding.

Another surprise: Xander Schauffele, an 18-1 long shot, makes a serious run at the title. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

Schauffele is coming off an impressive victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions and will look to duplicate his strong performance this week in the Bahamas. He’s been red-hot to start the new PGA Tour season, shooting a combined 32-under in three starts. He also ranks inside the top 30 on the PGA Tour in eagles per hole (72.0), birdie average (4.83) and scoring average (70.132), which will allow him to make up ground quickly at the Hero World Challenge 2018. He’s a value pick you need to be all over.

Also, the model says three additional golfers with odds of 12-1 or longer will make a strong run at title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.

So who wins the 2018 Hero World Challenge? And which long shots stun the golfing world? Check out the current Hero World Challenge odds below and visit SportsLine now to see the full Hero World Challenge projected leaderboard from the model that nailed the winners of four golf majors, and find out.

Justin Rose 7-1
Dustin Johnson 8-1
Justin Thomas 9-1
Rickie Fowler 9-1
Tiger Woods 9-1
Bryson DeCahmbeau 10-1
Jon Rahm 12-1
Jason Day 16-1
Tony Finau 16-1
Patrick Reed 18-1
Xander Schauffele 18-1
Patrick Cantlay 20-1
Hideki Matsuyama 22-1
Alex Noren 25-1
Bubba Watson 25-1
Henrik Stenson 25-1
Gary Woodland 28-1
Keegan Bradley 33-1



TIME: 30TH November (12:00am-3:00am),/1st December (12:00am-3:00am),/2nd December (9:30pm-2:30am)


netaji is a well known tech writer in the field of artificial intelligence, he wrote several articles on the advanced AI methods on international news magazines

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India Checking Report Of IL&FS Employees



India Checking Report Of IL&FS Employees Being Held Hostage In Ethiopia

  • Seven Indian employees of IL&FS have been held hostage by Ethiopian staff because of non-payment of salaries, according to tweets by those saying they were being held

The Ministry of External Affairs has sought a detailed report from its unit dealing with Ethiopia on the complaint of IL&FS’ Indian employees being held hostage by the local staff since November 24 in the East African country.

A spokesperson for MEA told BusinessLine that action will be taken after getting inputs from the division concerned.

At least seven IL&FS employees are being held hostage in Ethiopia due to non-payment of salaries to the local staff.

A source close to IL&FS said that the new management is not allowing the remittance of money.

IL&FS declined to comment on this.

The seven employees who work for ITNL-Elsamex Jv Bure (a joint venture between IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd and Elsamex S.A.) have been held hostage since November 24.

They took to Twitter to share their grievances after an email sent by them to the Indian Embassy, the Spanish embassy, the Ethiopian Roads Authority and IL&FS failed to prompt any action.

As per the mail one of the stranded employees shared with BusinessLine, the joint venture company has failed to pay the local employees salaries for October and statutory dues (income tax, pensions and withholding tax) for the last eight months.

It stated that as per Ethiopian laws, the person in charge of a project will be held accountable in case of default.

And if he flees, then the people below him are answerable


India has asked Ethiopian authorities to investigate a report that employees of an Indian company, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), have been taken hostage by staff in Ethiopia, a government source said on Saturday.

Seven Indian employees of the debt-laden IL&FS company have been held hostage by Ethiopian staff because of non-payment of salaries, according to messages posted on Twitter by those saying they were being held.

An foreign ministry official said India was discussing the matter “on priority” with Ethiopian authorities and the management of IL&FS.

“We are doing our best to ensure a settlement of this matter,” said the official, who declined to be identified.

An IL&FS spokesman in India declined to comment.

The government took control of IL&FS last month after it defaulted on some of its debt, triggering wider concerns about risk in the country’s financial system.

The infrastructure financing and development company had over the years developed road, township and water-treatment projects in India and abroad.

Neeraj Raghuwanshi, who said he was one of the seven employees held hostage, has been calling for help on Twitter since November 27.

“Situations are beyond our control, please #help before mishappening,” Mr Raghuwanshi said late on Friday in a tweet, calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to intervene

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PM Modi highlights PMJDY MUDRA Start-up India



PM Modi highlights PMJDY MUDRA Start-up India at G-20 opening session


Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday highlighted the flagship programmes like the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, MUDRA and Start-up India undertaken by his government to modernise the economy and promote inclusive growth at the opening session of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

G-20 is a grouping of the world’s 20 major economies.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri convened the two-day summit, which was attended by several world leaders including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British premier Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This year, the theme of the summit is ‘Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development’.

“PM Narendra Modi made an intervention at the 1st session of G20 Argentina on Global Economy, Future of Work and Women’s Empowerment. Highlighted flagship programs undertaken to modernise economy & promote inclusive growth JanDhanYojana MUDRA StartupIndia,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is a financial inclusion programme that aims at expanding and making affordable access to financial services to the last man in the row.

Since its launch on August 15, 2014 till June 27, 2018, over 31 crore bank accounts were opened and over Rs. 7,92,00 crore were deposited under the scheme.

MUDRA, which stands for Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency, is a financial institution set up in 2016 for development and refinancing micro units enterprises.

It provides funding to the non-corporate small business sector through various last mile financial institutions like banks, non banking financial companies (NBFCs) and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs).


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April-October Fiscal Deficit Full Year Target



April-October Fiscal Deficit At 6.49 Lakh Crores Crosses Full Year Target

India’s full-year fiscal deficit target of Rs 6.24 trillion was breached October-end due to lower revenue collections, showed government data on Friday.

The fiscal deficit—the gap between expenditure and revenue—was Rs 6.48 trillion or 103.9 per cent of Budget Estimate (BE) during April-October of the current financial year. At end of October 2017-18, the deficit was 96.1 per cent of the BE. The government has budgeted to cut fiscal deficit to 3.3 per cent of GDP in 2018-19 from 3.53 per cent in the previous financial year.

According to the data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), the revenue receipts of the government totalled Rs 7.88 lakh crore or 45.7 per cent of the BE for 2018-19 as compared to 48.1 per cent of BE last year. The government has budgeted to mop up Rs 17.25 lakh crore revenue during the current fiscal.

Tax revenue was 44.7 per cent of BE compared to 51.6 per cent achieved in the comparable period of the last year. As per the CGA data, the total expenditure of the government at October-end was Rs 14.56 lakh crore or 59.6 per cent of the BE. The expenditure in terms of percentage of the BE was marginally higher in the year-ago period.

“Fiscal deficit figure shown in monthly accounts during a financial year is not necessarily an indicator of fiscal deficit for the year as it gets impacted by temporal mismatch between flow of not-debt receipts and expenditure up to that month on account of various transitional factors both on receipt and expenditure side, which may get substantially offset by the end of the financial year,” CGA said.

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