ATHENS (AP) — Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos following a disappointing return to the Greek club.Olympiakos announced Tuesday that the club and the four-time African Footballer of the Year had “mutually agreed to end their cooperation.” Toure has played just two league games and two Europa League matches since returning to Olympiakos in September for a second stint, having been released by Man City after last season.The club said “Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him. Our paths will surely cross again.”Toure, a former Ivory Coast captain, began his path to stardom at Olympiakos in 2005-06 and helped the team win the Greek league title.But Portuguese coach Pedro Martins has not used him as a regular starter this season.TweetPinShare0 Shares
By: Joseph Wilson, Associated PressBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Wednesday to take a slim away-goal advantage after the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal.Lucas Vazquez gave Madrid the lead in the sixth minute during an opening stage dominated by the visitors. But Barcelona eventually established control and forward Malcom equalized after Luis Suarez had hit the post in the 58th.Lionel Messi stayed on the bench for Barcelona until coming on in the 64th. The Argentine had been doubtful for the match after picking up a right-leg injury on Saturday.This was the first of three “clasicos” in less than a month. The return leg of the semifinal in Madrid is on Feb. 27, just before their Spanish league game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 3.In October, Messi missed Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Madrid in the league, a stinging loss that sealed the fate of former coach Julen Lopetegui.This time out, Madrid made sure to set a strong tone from the opening, when it maintained possession long enough to get in front.Manager Santiago Solari also chose youngster Vinicius Junior over Gareth Bale, and Madrid sought to attack down the Brazilian’s left flank from start.The 18-year-old Vinicius provided the key pass to the visitors’ opening goal when he spotted Karim Benzema at the far post defended by the under-sized Jordi Alba. Benzema won the ball after Alba failed to reel it in, and the Madrid striker sent a low pass across the goalmouth where Vazquez slipped around Clement Lenglet to redirect it home.As Madrid sat back to protect the advantage, Barcelona began to find holes in its defense. Ivan Rakitic headed Malcom’s free kick off the crossbar in the 32nd, and Suarez drew a one-handed save from goalkeeper Keylor Navas after Malcom bungled his way through three defenders before setting him up on the edge of the box.The first half finished with Messi tucked in a winter coat, leaning forward anxiously and fidgeting with an empty water bottle.But before he could come on to loud cheers from the Camp Nou crowd, Malcom pulled the hosts level when he curled a left-foot strike from an angle into the net with Navas off his line.Lenglet’s long pass to Alba streaking into space forced Navas off his line to strip the ball, but it fell to Suarez who hit the post before Malcom gathered the rebound in and finished it off.Messi then came on and didn’t show any signs of an injury when he plucked the ball from Casemiro’s boot, raced forward and was fouled by a scrum of Madrid’s defenders near the area. He stayed on the turf to gather himself, before he smashed his free kick into the wall.Except for one flubbed shot by Bale when goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen was out of position, Madrid spent most of the final 20 minutes bracing itself every time Messi got the ball on his boot.The strategy meant the game was far from a thriller, but it sent Madrid back home with an edge over its fierce rival.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Logic-X launches the new brand for COTS sensor processing products comprising Adaptable Compute Acceleration Platforms and Sensor interface products. The first products released to the market are the LXF90000 compact standalone adaptable compute acceleration platform based on the ZYNQ Ultascale+ Multiprocessor system on chip (MPSOC) and the LXD30000, an FMC that can perform low latency data acquisition and playback of analog signals at 5.4 Gsps with a resolution of 12 bits.The emergence of new artificial intelligence applications on the edge is seen by Logic-X as an opportunity to design Commercial of the shelve products, incorporating the often complex FPGA, MPSOC, ACAP and sensor interface elements. The products that we offer are designed to provide easy insertion of modern FPGA, MPSOC, ACAP and sensor technology into our customer systems. This allows our customers to focus on their end application and the customer does not have to spend time to develop custom processing platforms. As a result, Logic-X products will improve time to market and reduce overal risk.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ADI: new impedance & potentiostat AFE for biological & chemical sensingNext Microchip: integrate eSPI standard in existing equipment with eSPI to LPC bridge
Continue Reading Previous Teledyne LeCroy’s WaveRunner 8000HD oscilloscope target power, automotive, and EmbeddedNext IBASE: compact AMD Ryzen SBC featuring four independent 4K displays Swissbit announces the introduction of its U-50n (Nano) – a small and robust USB3.1 flash drive with capacities from 8 to 64GB intended for IoT and industrial applications which need more than just a USB drive.The new U-50n offers all the features required by demanding applications. The specified operational temperature ranges from -40 to 85°C, metal housing provides mechanical stability, the 30µ” gold connector withstands frequent insertions and the molded COB (Chip On Board) package makes the device shock- and vibration-proof. Manufactured and tested in Swissbit´s own production site in Berlin, Germany, the Nano is a prime example of the company’s advanced packaging capabilities.The U-50n features sophisticated page-based firmware which accelerates random write operation while significantly reducing write amplification. The performance for sequential read/write access is 135/65 MB/s while the random operation excels with 2500/700 IOPS. Especially applications with high random write data rates typical for data logging use cases benefit from the for USB flash drives unprecedented endurance level.While most USB 3.1 consumer drives are optimized for high sequential speed, the U-50n is tuned for industrial usage. Swissbit’s data care management runs in the background and constantly monitors the health of the data, refreshes weak pages, and ensures protection against sudden power losses. The U-50n is based on 15nm MLC NAND flash. Its durability and frozen BOM makes the Nano attractive for long-term usage.Applications with even higher performance requirements and durability are best served with the pSLC version U-56n that offers close to double the performance specifications and a seven-fold endurance-increase, which surpasses the values of most SLC flash drives available on the market.Both variations are supported by Swissbit’s Lifetime Monitor which displays highly detailed device status information including flash utilization and WAF.As a specialist in combining storage and security, the PU-50n DP is Swissbit’s highly protected version of the U-50n. This device has integrated hardware encryption and access protection which by far surpasses the software solutions used by consumer devices. Equal to a credit card, the PU-50n has a retry counter which completely blocks access when a specified number of illegal password attempts has been exceeded. The PU-50n is a GDPR (EU-General Data Protection Regulation) compliant portable storage solution as well as a license and configuration token for industrial automation.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
The Yo-Yo test garnered a lot of attention of late after Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu were dropped from the Indian squad for failing the fitness test days ahead of India’s tour of Ireland and England.Many experts feel Yo-Yo tests are not the best markers for fitness on a cricket field, while former selector Sandeep Patil slammed the policy of dropping of players for failing the test after being picked in the squad.However, India’s coach Ravi Shastri has thrown his weight behind the Yo-Yo test. Shastri said the team management will not compromise on the practice.”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.Yo-Yo test controversy: BCCI secretary wants Team India to follow proper procedure”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well,” added Shastri.The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other end before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.advertisementLooking forward to some difficult cricket in England, says Virat KohliThere are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttes), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.India will be playing T20I and ODI series against England before the beginning of Test series. Shastri said the schedule will help his team to acclimatise better to the conditions.”From a preparation point of view, it is ideal. The players will get to play the limited-overs leg first, first the T20Is, followed by the ODIs. By the time, the Test matches commence, almost after a month, we will have plenty of time to get used to the conditions there,” Shastri said.
Geraint Thomas has moved a step closer to winning his maiden Tour de France title. In fact, he has all but secured the title and is set to become the third British rider to win the prestigious Tour de France.Thomas took full advantage of Team Sky’s strength in depth and acknowledged that his imminent victory was the result of collective work.The 32-year-old Welshman held on to the yellow jersey after Saturday’s decisive time trial, a 31-km effort in the Basque country, to lead Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1:51 and team mate and defending champion Chris Froome by 2:34.Barring a crash in Sunday’s procession to the Champs Elysees in Paris, Thomas will become the third Briton to win the Tour after Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Froome (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) – both Team Sky riders.”It has been a great race — if we look at all our individual riders they are amazing,” Thomas, who won two mountain stages including one up the iconic Alpe d’Huez climb, told a news conference.Also Read – Tour de France: Defending champion mistaken for fan and tackled by policeTeam Sky began the race not only with Thomas and four-time champion Froome, but also 21-year-old Colombian Egan Bernal, who thwarted most of their rivals’ attacks in the mountains, former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski and former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Wout Poels.The team’s dominance in recent years and Froome’s positive test for excessive levels of the asthma drug Salbutamol (before subsequently being cleared of any wrong-doing) fuelled the crowds’ anger.advertisementBut it brought the team together.”There is always going to be haters or whatever, but we work hard. Our biggest strength is not just in the legs but in the head and how we ride together,” said Thomas, who had warmed up for the race by winning the week-long Criterium du Dauphine last month.Thomas’s contract with Sky finishes at the end of the year and the British outfit could find themselves with two grand tour leaders if the new champion-elect extends his contract.LATE SCARE”I just want to enjoy this, man. I don’t know (about my contract),” said Thomas.”We’ll see. I’m not thinking about this at the moment. I just want to enjoy it with the boys.”There was a late scare for Thomas in the time trial, when he appeared to lose control of his bike. He rode cautiously after that to take third place behind Dumoulin and Froome but the title is now virtually in the bag.”(Sports director) Nico(Portal) said take it easy in the corners. Every corner seemed to be at 180 degrees,” he said.”So you just block this out and do what you’ve got to do.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Manchester United could be in for a tough Premier League season if they do not add quality players before the transfer window closes, manager Jose Mourinho has said.United have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, adding Brazil midfielder Fred, 19-year-old Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant.”If we don’t make our team better, it’ll be a difficult season for us,” Mourinho told MUTV after United’s 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday.”The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams. Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.”My CEO knows what I want and I still have a few days to wait and see what happens.”The transfer window in England closes on Aug. 9, a day before United begin their Premier League campaign against Leicester City.(With Reuters inputs)
Indian air is dirty, and particularly so in cities like Delhi and Noida where there are days when you can taste and smell the pollution. And this pollution can wrack havoc with your health if you happen to live in an area where the air is bad? Solution? There aren’t any good solutions. But air purifiers can help. And good air purifiers can help more. The Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier, launched recently in India, is one of the good ones.That is, however, not much of the surprise. The Dyson Pure Cool is an expensive air purifier, so expensive that you know, even before you have used it, that it is going to be good. The key question then: Is it so good that it justifies its high price? And answer is not simple.Dyson is a British tech company. It known for its products that have a futuristic design and technologies. In July it launched the upgraded version of its Pure Cool air purifiers in India. While the tower variant of Pure Cool air purifier is available for Rs 43,900, its humble cousin ie the desk variant is available at a “modest” price of Rs 36,900.For this review, I used the ritzy variant of the two devices i.e. Pure Cool air purifier tower, which comes in a glamorous Electric Blue-Steel Grey colour. And after using it for nearly two weeks, I have just one thing to say: its amazing! Expensive, yes. But amazing.Due to growing concerns around the air pollution, air purifiers have become a fairly common contrivance these days. Many companies including Philips, Kent and Xiaomi are offering their own air purifiers under Rs 10,000. So what makes Dyson Pure Cool air purifier so special?advertisementWell, the Pure Cool air purifier brings Dyson’s design expertise to a seemingly ordinary looking device and transforms it into something that you won’t mind flaunting in your drawing room. That said, don’t be deceived by its looks as this beauty comes with a brain.DesignDyson is known for its futuristic designs. Be it a simple hair-dryer or an ordinary looking vacuum cleaner, the British brand is known for its outlandish designs that make a bold statement every time. And the Pure Cool air purifier is no exception to this rule. Its simple yet elegant design is hard to miss and is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Dyson Pure Cool comes with uni-body design, with the filters placed on the trunk of the air purifier. The trunk, which houses three separate filters including carbon filter, can be removed and replaced easily when the filter life degenerates. These filters suck in air from a 360-degree plane and project it from the top of the device, which is shaped like a futuristic loop. The uni-body of the air purifier is placed on a base, which allows the device to rotate up to 350-degrees to push out purified air.The upgraded design allows purified air to be projected from two directions. During the warmer months of the year, air can be projected from the front of the loop using the forward airflow mode, which in turn gives a cooling effect as the purified air is being projected. And during the cooler months of the year, the diffused airflow mode allows the purified air to flow through the sides of the annular loop.The latest version of the air purifier also sports an LCD display, which monitors the air quality in real time and gives information such as the level of various pollutants — PM2.5 and PM10 — and humidity among other things.The Pure Cool air purifier brings Dysons design expertise to a seemingly ordinary looking device and transforms it into something that you won’t mind flaunting in your drawing roomAnother interesting thing about the design is that besides being elegant, it comes with a mechanism that makes it “child proof”. The whole design is so good that you can put in your bedroom or your living room and the Pure Cool will also look like an item of decor.PerformanceAs far as the performance of this newly-launched air-purifier is concerned, the Pure Cool is truly a star. For starters, it is extremely easy to use. You can control various aspects of the device using the tiny remote, which the company ships along with the main device. However, if that is not in the vicinity, you can use the Dyson Link app on your Android smartphones or iPhones to control the air-purifier and get real-time update of the air quality index and indoor air quality.advertisement You can either use the air purifier in the auto mode. In this mode, it will automatically set the fan level after taking input from its sensor. Or you can put it on the manual settings. When using it on manual mode, you can even set a schedule for it to follow. For example, if you want the Pure Cool to turn off when you are off to work, you can schedule it to do so and it will obey your command without fail daily. Additionally, the controls also come with a special night mode. In this mode the speed of the fan slows down so that you can sleep in silence.The Cool Pure, as I mentioned before, gives details about the indoor air quality in an easy to understand manner. While this information is nice, the most important question here is how efficient the device really is?The ultimate test of its efficiency, during my two-week long tenure with Cool Pure air-purifier came when I went out of town for four days. Instead of turning the device off, I decided to let it work hoping that it would automatically tune into the power off mode and stop consuming electricity when the air would be clean (did I forget to mention that?). Upon my arrival, I was expecting to experience a mouldy smell in my room as all the doors and windows were locked shut and it’s rainy season in NCR nowadays. However, to my astonishment, the room seemed absolutely fresh with no trace of any residual odor. And that alone is a sufficient proof of its efficacy.Should you buy it?Well, the answer is yes. That is if you don’t mind spending big bucks on an air purifier that costs 2X or even 3X compared to regular purifiers in the market. But I think the money you will spent on it is justified. The Pure Cool Air Purifier is both stylish and efficient. It gives you real time information about the air quality both inside and outside your house and it is easy to control. It is particularly a good gizmo to have if you have toddlers in your home.ALSO READ: Dyson Supersonic hairdryer review: From the future but available now Yes, it is expensive. While it does offer value for money, I believe that it is indeed a bit pricey for the Indian market. However, if price is not an issue for you, the Pure Cool is best air purifier you can buy in India right now.Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier review8/10Good stuffElegant designEfficientEasy to useBad stuffExpensive
Kolkata, Sep 1 (PTI) Moments after Kolkata duo Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar clinched the men’s pair bridge gold in the Jakarta Asian Games on Saturday, Indian men team’s non-playing captain and coach Debasish Ray said he now hopes more youngsters would take up the sport. Ray, who was also the national selector for the Asian Games, had to return to Kolkata on August 29 in preparation for Inter-State Bridge Championship to be held in Mysore from September 5-9. “I feel the moment of reckoning has finally arrived for the sport. I hope the youngsters will finally take up bridge after the Asian Games success,” Ray told PTI here. “I’m on phone since the news has spread, and both my lines are busy, so much so that I’m still to talk to them (Bardhan and Sarkar) after they won. But I’m very happy as we badly wanted this to happen. Finally there will be awareness for bridge,” an ecstatic Ray added. In a sport where the average age is 50-plus in India, Ray feels the youngsters involvement will improve the quality by leaps and bounds. Terming it the most-scientific mind game, Ray said: “It’s more advanced than chess. It has got higher number of permutation and combinations that you won’t believe.” “But let me tell you, it will be highly beneficial for the youngsters if they take up bridge. It’s a mind game. But nobody ever cared for our sport; it’s mostly confined to veterans now,” the 61-year-old said. When asked about popular perception that card games are synonymous with gambling, he said: “Cricket is the most gamble sport in India. But look at the awareness and it has helped the sport.”advertisement Ray, however, wants to be realistic and says: “If not cricket, at least bridge can look up to chess. Look how many youngsters play the sport in India. I hope now bridge too can attract youngsters now.” He further pointed out that the sport can offer you job security. “Railways have been offering job to successful bridge players for over 10 years now, while new avenues have opened up in Income Tax and Central Excise departments,” Ray, who is the youngest-ever winner of the National Ruia Gold Cup and Singhania Trophy, said. A veteran of the sport since four decades, Ray was in constant touch with the gold medal winning duo of Bardhan and Sarkar till they won by a handsome six-point margin against Chinese pair of Lixin Yang and Gang Chen. A businessman in Santoshpur area in South Kolkata, Bardhan is a family man with a grand daughter. Sarkar, who is an employee of Hyderabad-based Navayuga Engineering Company Limited, is unmarried and stays in a one-room flat in Salkia in Howrah district. But they do nothing other than playing bridge whole day, Ray says. “They play bridge online for about 10 hours a day. They know each other for about 20 years now and good friends off the board,” he said. The duo had a solid preparation in the build up to the 18th Asian Games where bridge made its debut. Early this year, the duo won a invitational tournament in Incheon where Asia Pacific countries competed, besides winning a team bronze for India in the Asia Cup in Goa in June ahead of the Asian Games. India returned with one gold and two bronze medals — men’s team and mixed team — in bridge from the Asian Games. “I am sure this success will make the sport popular in India. Finally there will be publicity in the media, something that was our biggest regret so far,” he signed. PTI TAP SSCSSC
There are several features that one craves for in a smartphone:- A Super AMOLED display- A notch that is effective but not intrusive- An in-display fingerprint scanner- An infrared face unlock (which works even in the dark)- Excellent cameras- A head-turning designTally those up and you would think that one is talking of a premium, high-end smartphone. After all, features like the ones mentioned above do tend to come in devices sporting stiff price tags. But then, Vivo has been making a habit of surprising Indian consumers with phones that come with killer features and design, but at prices that are surprisingly affordable. This is one of the reasons why the brand has emerged as one of the leading players in the Rs. 20,000-30,000 price segment of the market – the one that falls bang in between the mid and premium segments, and bridges the gap that exists between those looking for value for money devices and those wanting a killer performance.And the V11 Pro, Vivo’s latest phone does just that. It brings together those two very important, if contrary, features – style and substance – and does so without blowing a hole in your wallet.One look at the Vivo V11 Pro is more than enough to convince any viewer of its premium pedigree. The front is literally all display – the phone sports a mind boggling 91.27% screen-to-body ratio to ensure that there are almost no bezels to cloud your viewing experience. Making this possible is one of the smallest display notches you will ever see, literally like a raindrop, bearing the front facing camera in the ocean that is the display. And what a display it is too – the Vivo V11 Pro’s 6.41-inch display boasts a full HD+ resolution and a 19.9:5 aspect ratio, and being a Super AMOLED one, delivers rich colours and blacks, for a superb viewing experience. It is not just about viewing though. The display also contains a fingerprint scanner. Yes, the Vivo V11 Pro is one of the few handful devices that have a fingerprint scanner right under its display, instead of gobbling space in the front or back of the device, letting you unlock the phone by just pressing the display. There is a facial unlock on board as well, with an infra red light to boot, that not only lets you unlock your phone by looking at it, but also makes it possible in low-light conditions and in a much more secure manner.advertisement But impressive thought that the front of the Vivo V11 Pro is, it is its back that is likely to make jaws drop, especially if you get the starry night variant. Keep it in the dark and the back looks jet black. Bring it into the light and you will see its lower portion start to shimmer and shine as if populated by stars. At a time when most phones look like each others clone, the Vivo V11 Pro is in a starry league of its own. And it is compact and lightweight too – it will slip into most pockets and hands without too much fuss, and is designed with care to ensure that it does not slip out too easily.Beneath all that dazzle is some seriously good hardware. The 25-megapixel front-facing camera does not only work for quick and accurate face unlocks, but also delivers some stunning series, aligned with some AI smarts, including Face Shaping that ensure that you look your very best in every selfie-sh snap. And then there is the matter of the dual 12 and 5 megapixel cameras that come with AI HDR and AI low light model as well as dual pixel sensors to ensure that you get the best of detail and colour, irrespective of time, place, and lighting conditions. Then there is the little matter of AI scene recognition which analyses pictures – identifying different objects, elements and different scenarios (night, portrait, flowers, food) and accordingly customizes settings. AI also comes into play for portrait mode snappers, ensuring that the blurs stay in the background even while your subject emerges razor sharp. No matter the subject or scene, photographs taken by the V11 Pro will always look amazingEnsuring that there is no lag in user experience is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, which is among the best-in-class processors, and delivers a speedy performance without compromising on battery life. That, allied with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage, makes everything from high-end gaming (there is an AI game mode, incidentally) to social networking to messaging, to browsing and to emailing, a walk in the park for the V11 Pro. And keeping all of this ticking is a 3400 mAh battery which will last you a day of hefty use comfortably, and even when it runs out, will recharge in a jiffy, courtesy Vivo’s Dual Engine Fast Charging.advertisementAll of this, with the goodness of Android 8.1 and enriched with Vivo’s special FunTouch 4.5 overlay, brings a number of features to Android, including a special Jovi AI Assistant and Funmojis (personalised emojis like you have never seen before).The best part of it all? The Vivo V11 Pro does not cost a bomb, in best Vivo tradition, proving that you can get the best of both worlds – a beauty in appearance and a beast in performance – without damaging your bank account. Or your kidneys.
It was utter chaos at Hell in a Cell as the Universal Championship match ended in a no contest after Brock Lesnar made his presence felt on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.In the last match of the night, the Universal champion Roman Reigns and the challenger Braun Strowman were going all guns blazing at each other before all hell unfolded.As the duo went hammer and tongs against each other inside the ring, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler had their fair share of fight outside the structure and even over it.And as the match reached its business end, Lesnar’s music hit and the crowd went haywire. Lesnar and Paul Heyman slowly made their way towards the ring before Lesnar kicked the door open to make his way into the ring and attack the duo.Heyman sprayed pepper spray into Foley’s eyes and Lesnar took full advantage of the situation and viciously attacked both the wrestlers. He hit Strowman and Reigns with consecutive F5s and a new official entered the four-square and requested the time-keeper to ring the bell and declare it as a no contest as none could continue after Lesnar’s assault.Other results:AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe to retain WWE World Heavyweight ChampionshipBecky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair to become new SmackDown Women’s ChampionshipDrew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to retain the Raw Tag Team ChampionshipRandy Orton defeated Jeff Hardy in Hell in a Cell matchadvertisementThe Miz and Maryse defeated Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
“I am the first person in my entire family to have traveled outside my hometown, and the first girl from my village to get into an IIT,” says Neha Kataria, a first-year Mechanical Engineering student who hails from Haryana.Expressing her gratitude to her family, she confides that if it were not for them, her fate would have been similar to that of other girls in her village who are often not allowed to have ambitions and are likely to be married off after school.”When I told my father that I dream of going to space, he advised me to aim for IIT, and that was the beginning of my journey,” reveals Neha. Induction programme at IIT Mandi prepares students for a productive timeNeha is only one of the many students from small towns across the country who have chosen IIT Mandi to begin their life in engineering and are undergoing an intensive five-week induction programme (5WIP) on campus.From dramatics, dance, a cleaning drive in Mandi and trekking, to designing real-life solutions using Lego models and attending guest lectures by alumni and industry experts, the new batch of students is getting a unique opportunity for holistic personality development. This induction programme ensures that the students, coming from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, are exposed to activities that will allow them to shed their inhibitions and familiarise themselves with the campus, faculty, seniors and more importantly, with each other even before the classes commence.”We are a group of 196 friends,” quips a student alluding to the total number of students who have joined IIT Mandi this year.advertisement”After coming here, in these few weeks I can see positive changes in my personality and have also taken a keen interest in sports that I had never played in life. The exposure here is far more profound than in the other IITs,” says Mohib Qureshi from Madhya Pradesh who proudly claims he never took a coaching class and took it as a challenge to get into an IIT.Ankit Karan from Bihar, the first person from his village to have gotten into an IIT, believes the extracurricular activities being organised during the 5WIP are helping him imbibe discipline, yet a welcome change from having worked tirelessly focusing solely on academics while preparing for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Inclusive and liberal environment brings out the best in studentsIIT Mandi has come to be known for its inclusive and liberal environment, driving sustained emphasis on academic excellence, practical application of technical knowledge, and imbibition of human values.”IIT Mandi was the only institute that I felt confident of and would offer me a safe environment, away from politics where I could focus on my studies; apart from, of course, being climatically similar to my hometown Kupwara, Kashmir,” says Zaidan Mohammad Bhat, a first-year student in the Civil Engineering department.Zaidan hails from a district rife with conflict due to which he missed almost one year of schooling during 12th grade. IIT Mandi has come to be known for its inclusive and liberal environment.6 ways IIT Mandi is transforming engineering education1The institute encourages students to contribute towards the socio-environmental landscape of the region through both academic as well as extra-curricular activities. 2While the thrust on region-specific research has helped develop solutions to environmental issues, other initiatives have sought to empower local women through the creation of employment opportunities. 3In addition, student volunteers have introduced several initiatives in association with local schools, helping the school children with their homework, catch up in mathematics and science curriculum, and engage in interactive lessons through demonstrations of science experiments. 4″We also read to the school children and share books with them to help them develop an interest in reading,” says Yashika Arora, a PhD student at IIT Mandi. 5Another initiative is the Bridge School, through which student volunteers teach basic lessons to the children of the migrant labour working in construction on campus, such that they can continue from where they left off wherever they go next. 6Several students also reveal that they feel motivated by the existence of the institute’s Technology Business Incubator Catalyst that is open to offering multilateral support to outstanding startup ideas from them. Through this incubator, IIT Mandi recognizes the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation, and seeks to offer mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurial ideas that are driven by the objective of creating socio-economic impacts. Absence of anxiety in studentsAnyone visiting the serene campus is likely to be overcome with a sense of calm, perhaps also a result of the complete absence of any sign of anxiety exuded by the young fresh-out-of-school students.It is not an easy feat for an adolescent to call a new place their home, a place that is so far away from the chaos of the city, from all things ‘happening’. Yet, the students in the new batch appear as if they have lived here for years and their new batchmates were their childhood friends.”The spirit of camaraderie is much higher than any feeling of competition amongst us,” is a sentiment shared by every student at the institute.- Article by Madhulika Narasimhan, a freelance writer who often writes on higher education, public health and matters.
Bangladesh skipper Mahsrafe Mortaza Thursday had no hesitation in terming India a far better team but said “my Asia Cup was won” when Tamim Iqbal batted with one hand in their tournament opener.Experienced opener Tamim Iqbal is one of the few key players Bangladesh will be missing in the final against India on Friday.Besides Tamim, Bangladesh will also miss the services of the seasoned all-rounder Shakib-al Hasan in the title clash here. To make matters worse for them, Mortaza, who has a broken finger, and Mushfiqur Rahim will be playing injuries.India could be in for a surprise if they take Bangladesh lightly: Sunil Gavaskar”Let me be honest, the moment Tamim entered the field against Sri Lanka as the last man to help Mushfiqur score those runs, my Asia Cup was won,” Mortaza said at the pre-match press conference.There will always be rivalry between India and Bangladesh on field: Shikhar DhawanBangladesh lost to India in the final of the tournament in 2016, four years before that they were defeated by Pakistan in the summit showdown of the continental event.Also Read – India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh in Asia Cup finalAsked if they have learnt from past mistakes during crucial games against India, he said, “Every tournament has been a distinct journey whether 2012 final against Pakistan or 2016 against India. Every time we encountered a few situations, overcame them and got into the finals.Match prediction India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup Final: Predicted playing XI of India and Bangladeshadvertisement”This journey in this tournament was a difficult one as we started losing players from the very first game (Tamim Iqbal). There was also concern whether Mushfiqur Rahim could play or not but then he played despite not being fully fit. We can learn from him.”India vs Bangladesh live streaming, 2018 Asia Cup final live telecast: Where to watch Ind vs Bang live streaming onlineIndia comfortably beat their eastern neighbours in the Super Four game.”I think India is a far better team, they are number one in the world, they came here as the favourites, but then you never know, anything can happen. So, we will have to be mentally strong and fight till the last ball. It’s important to keep our emotion in check.”Kedar Jadhav’s day out with MS Dhoni ahead of Asia Cup finalGoing back six years, he said, “When we were in final in 2012 we rarely used to win matches against big teams and now we have competed regularly. Some of the players like Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mustafizur and Tamim have contributed greatly in these victories.”This year we are in final without our top two performers, and boys should feel proud about it.”India have been a stick above the rest in Asia Cup: Stephen FlemingShakib flew back to Bangladesh after aggravating a finger injury, while Tamim was ruled out of the tournament after suffering a fracture in the opening game.”Every match we encountered anxious moments and from Afghanistan Super Four game, it was a virtual final for us. Hopefully, top order clicks in the final and if they don’t, then the middle and lower order needs to perform. No point thinking about technique and stuff at this juncture when we are playing final.”I think it’s a great lesson for the boys and young players will learn that it’s all about fight till the last ball. It was a difficult (road) to final without performer like Shakib and Tamim not being available.”Asked about the recipe for defeating India without Tamim and Shakib, he said, “Actually you need to wait for a cue on the field. It could be a great spell or may be a great innings. Like a good partnership like one that Mushfiqur and Mithun shared against Pakistan. Or else I don’t think you have easy options of beating India.”He said Bangladesh cricket needs a tournament triumph.”I don’t judge myself on the basis of one trophy. I have not played cricket for one trophy. I can say that a trophy is very important for Bangladesh. Insha Allah one day Bangladesh will win a trophy. The youngsters will get a boost if Bangladesh win.”Talking about the final, he said a good start is of paramount importance.”It is very difficult to set them a target. Considering India’s batting strength, at least 260-270 could be a fighting total, I am not saying that’s a winning score. And if we bowl first then we would look to try and restrict them. Batting or bowling, a good start is crucial.”advertisementBangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the team for making the final.”The Premier called up, we spoke to her from the dressing room, she is obviously very happy, and motivated us to try our best in the final. If that happens, fine, but she asked us to give our best.”(With PTI inputs)
Harbhajan Singh was all praise for Virat Kohli after the India skipper blazed his way to 10,000 runs from only 205 innings in one day internationals.Kohli on Wednesday smashed his 37th century and in the process became the fastest man to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs.Kohli struck 157 not out as India posted a challenging 321/6 against West Indies in the second ODI at Vizag. In reply, the Windies rode on Shai Hope’s inspiring 123 not out and Shemron Hetmyer’s 94 to tie the match with India as they reached 321/7 in their 50 overs.India continue to lead the series 1-0 thanks to their victory in the first ODI in Guwahati.READ – The single that wasn’t, leg byes and other factors in a thrilling tie”Virat must have been really, really pleased with the result. It could have gone either way. From the West Indies’ point of view they must have been happy with the result and at the same time it could have been disappointing as well because they were also very close to victory. But it was a great game of cricket.”But talking about Kohli…My salute to this guy. The way he goes about his business, every time he walks out on the field with all the expectations from him. He is just unbelievable. A run-machine I would say. It is not easy being Virat Kohli. He is one guys who takes the load on his shoulder. His performances are just too good. Undoubtedly, I would say he is the No.1 batsman what I have seen over the years now. I have played with lot of greats…with paaji [Sachin Tendulkar]…the respect for him will remain the same even if Virat Kohli goes past his records. Paaji gonna remain paaji [up top].advertisement”I have got lot of respect for Virat with what he has done. When he came he was a chubby guy and now if you see him with all the hard work he has done…look at his record. He is doing something special. He is setting a right example for all the young cricketers who are willing to play this game. He is a perfect role model,” Harbhajan told India Today.WATCH – Virat Kohli is making everyone proud: Harbhajan SinghRecords tumble every time Kohli walks out to bat. He became the 5th Indian batsmen to join the 10,000-run club.READ – 1 tie, 4 losses and 8 wins: How batsmen fared on reaching 10,000 runsKohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10143) but only 9969 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Not just that, Kohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in a calendar for the sixth time.READ – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000He became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.”I have never seen Virat getting tensed about situations, especially when he is there in the middle with the bat in his hand. While fielding maybe a little bit but when he’s ready for the challenge all the time when batting. I have never seen him tensed before the game, in the game or after the game. I don’t know how he does all this and it’s not that easy especially when you have expectations. Whenever he walks out to bat, people expect him to score hundred. The reason behind this what I feel is he prepares himself like match situation. I have seen people not taking practise so seriously but Kohli practises with dedication. When you practice so well, the game becomes easier and being Virat Kohli is difficult,” Harbhajan said.Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubIt is a known fact that Kohli is a passionate cricketer and plays the sport with 100 per cent commitment. But off the field, he is as relaxed and friendly with everyone.”He is very funny, very witty with his one liners. He does mimicry as well. He’s a fun-loving guy and enjoys being with friends. But on the field he’s a different person. He’s making everyone proud and setting the right examples,” Harbhajan said.The third ODI between India and the Windies will be played in Pune on Saturday.
New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) The Centre has released over Rs 113 crore to six border states as part of its plan to ameliorate the problems of people living in these isolated locations, officials said Monday. The Home Ministry recently released Rs 113.36 crore to Assam, Nagaland, Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP). With this, the home ministry has released a total of Rs 637.98 crore so far during 2018-19 to states having International Border, a government official said. The funds released so far this fiscal were in addition to Rs 1,100 crore released in 2017-18 for the all-round development of villages located along the International Border in 17 states. The BADP covers 111 border districts in 17 states to meet special development needs of border population with a focus on the people living within 50 kilometres of the International Border. The BADP schemes include construction of primary health centres, schools, supply of drinking water, community centres, connectivity, drainage to enable sustainable living in border areas. It now covers schemes or activities relating to Swachhta Abhiyan, skill development programmes, promotion of sports activities in border areas, promotion of rural tourism, border tourism, protection of heritage sites, construction of helipads in remote and inaccessible hilly areas, which do not have road connectivity. Skill development training to farmers for the use of modern and scientific techniques in agriculture, organic farming is also part of the BADP now, another official said. As many as 61 model villages are also being developed under the BADP to improve the quality of life for the border population.advertisement A total of Rs 13,400 crore has been released since the BADP programme was initiated in 1986-87. India shares border with Pakistan (3,323 km), China (3,488 km), Nepal (1,751 km), Bhutan (699 km), Myanmar (1,643 km) and Bangladesh (4,096 km). PTI ACB ACB INDIND
Arsenal and Chelsea comfortably entered the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday even as last year’s runners-up Olympique de Marseille were eliminated in the group stage itself.Apart from Arsenal and Chelsea, the other teams to advance to last 32 were Eintracht Frankfurt, Lazio, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Zurich and Dinamo Zagreb. The last two games of the group stages are still to be played before the draw for the next round takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on December 17.On Thursday, Arsenal settled for a 0-0 draw with Sporting CP at the Emirates while their London neighbours Chelsea beat BATE Borisov 1-0 as both the teams qualified for the knockout stages.A heavily changed Arsenal side were unable to break down a dogged Sporting team, who were reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute when defender Jeremy Mathieu fouled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he raced towards the area.However, the point was enough to guarantee the north London side a place in the last 32 atop Group E on 10 points, with Sporting behind them on seven. Vorskla Poltava lost 1-0 to FK Qarabag, with both teams on three points.No goals at Emirates Stadium…But we have secured our qualification for the knockout stages#UEL pic.twitter.com/O0ZEK8dC4NArsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 8, 2018Arsenal forward Welbeck was taken off on a stretcher and given oxygen in the 25th minute after landing awkwardly when jumping for a header only hours after being named in the England squad for their next internationals.advertisementEarlier, Chelsea’s France striker Giroud got his first goal this season in the second half to secure a win at BATE, meaning Maurizio Sarri’s side have qualified from Group L.”I think the first target in this competition was to qualify and now the second target is to win our group so I think we need one more point,” the Italian coach said.”It’s very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February, when we will have another target.”Chelsea have yet to lose under Sarri so far this season.MARSEILLE MISERY90+5′ FT: OM suffer defeat in Rome, despite an energising performance.#LazioOM | 2 – 1 | pic.twitter.com/F9ox6ZpPFlOlympique Marseille (@OM_English) November 8, 2018Marseille were dumped out when they lost 2-1 at Lazio in Group H. Goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa were enough to extend a miserable run for the French side, who have now lost four games in a row in all competitions.Lazio, meanwhile, went through along with Eintracht who eliminated Apollon Limassol with a 3-2 victory in the other game in the section.Leverkusen joined both teams in the next stage after beating FC Zurich 1-0 at home in Group A but thanks to Ludogorets 0-0 draw with AEK Larnaca the Swiss side also progressed.Dinamo Zagreb beat Spartak Trnava 3-1 to qualify from Group D while Anderlecht, UEFA Cup winners in 1983, were eliminated after their 2-0 defeat by Fenerbahce in the same group.Sevilla, the most successful team in the history of the competition with five titles, went down to 10-men at Akhisarspor but came away with a 3-2 win in Group J thanks to a late Ever Banega penalty that ended the Turkish side’s qualifying hopes.There was a goalfest in Russia as Spartak Moscow came from 3-2 behind to lead Rangers 4-3 in two minutes before the hour mark with the home side’s eventual win taking them to second place and level with their opponents on five points in Group G.Rangers’ domestic rivals Celtic kept their hopes alive with a 2-1 win over RB Leipzig in Group B, while AC Milan and Real Betis took a step towards qualifying with a 1-1 draw in Group F.(With Reuters inputs)
India’s top junior shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a bronze medal at the Li Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 at Markham, Canada after losing in the boys singles semi-final on Saturday night.Lakshya Sen was up against the top seed and world junior number one Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand and could not overcome the huge challenge 22-20, 16-21, 13-21 and bowed out with a bronze.This was India’s fifth boys singles bronze medal at the BWF World Junior Championships and the only medal India got at this year’s Championships.Previously, RMV Gurusaidutt (2008), B Sai Praneeth (2010), HS Prannoy (2010) and Sameer Verma (2011) have won the bronze medal. Siril Verma (2015) is India’s only boys singles silver-medallist at the World Junior Championships.Saina Nehwal (2008) remains India’s sole gold medallist at the BWF World Junior Championships. She also won a silver two years before that in girls singles.Also read – Youth Olympics: Lakshya Sen settles for silver in badminton singlesThailand’s Vitidsarn took 71 minutes to beat Lakshya and enter the final. He overcame a first game deficit and rallied to defeat the fourth seed Lakshya.The Asian Junior champion began well in what was touch-and-go opening game. Lakshya seized the opportunity after the mid-game break and sealed the extended game in his favour. The Thai, however, came back strongly and got a number of winners to level the match 1-1 and stay in the tournament.Lakshya failed to find any rhythm after losing the second game and was unable to gather himself in the decider with the Thai getting a good lead and maintaining it throughout.advertisementAfter the break, it was almost inevitable that the first seed, who led by half a dozen points, was making marching into the final.Lakshya admitted missing his tempo in the final. “I could not get into my usual rhythm, though I managed to win the first game. But he [Vitidsarn] was too strong in the second. I could not play to my strong points and my opponent had all answers to my strokes,” Lakshya said.Also watch –
India’s World Cup winner Madan Lal feels that Ramesh Powar’s contract as the coach of the Indian women’s cricket team should have been extended and whatever decisions were taken during the tournament, it should not have bloated into such a huge controversy.Madan Lal felt that taking tough decisions in the interest of the team and players is a part of a coach’s job and Mithali should concentrate on her game instead of engaging into such mud-slinging.The entire controversy started with Mithali Raj being dropped from India’s playing XI in the all-important World T20 semi-final against England. The decision raised a lot of eyebrows following which Annisha Gupta, who has handled a few of Mithali’s contracts, threw harsh words at Harmanpreet Kaur on Twitter.Upon coming back to India, Mithali wrote a letter to BCCI accusing Powar of humiliating her and ignoring her while she alleged Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji used her position to harm her.On the other hand, Powar hit back saying Mithali put her personal interests before the team’s requirements and said that Mithali had threatened to retire midway through the tournament after being denied the opening slot.Powar’s interim contract with Board of Council for Cricket in India (BCCI) ended on November 30. The same day BCCI advertised for the post of Indian women’s coach fuelling speculations that the Board is looking to replace Powar after Mithali criticism of him.Responding to this, Madan Lal said it is better to place dummies instead of coaches who take a stand. He added that constantly shuffling coaches is not in the interest of the teams and this sends a bad signal. The former Indian men’s team coach felt that having a coach for a longer duration works better for the stability of teams and players.advertisement”If you keep removing coaches, it would be better to keep a dummy, who listens and acts according to the players. Coach is part of the team and takes decisions which should be abided by the team. The coach [Powar] also wanted to win only and the captain [Harmanpreet Kaur] was also part of it. Why was Powar alone targeted? Selectors are also part of the decision. It was unnecessary to remove Powar. Like this, the game won’t move ahead,” Madan Lal told ANI.Madan Lal was also unconvinced by Mithali’s allegations and backed Powar. Citing examples from the men’s team, he said: “If tomorrow Ravi Shastri makes someone sit out, will you remove him as well? Things do not work like this. They [coaches] too are under pressure. Performance is kept in mind, you do not make someone sit out randomly. I believe in performance, so the board should analyse.”Speaking on the mudslinging, e-mails to BCCI and emotional rants, Madan Lal said: “No one is bigger than the game. Was there any guarantee that the Indian team would have reached final if Mithali Raj was in the playing XI? This is a team game, not an individual game. I always believe that the captain and the coach have the supreme authority. They had taken the decision after looking at the condition.”Once we start making the player bigger than the game, then these kinds of controversies arise. It is the call of the coach and captain. Sometimes, I do believe that an experienced player [Mithali] should have played but they [coach and captain] must have taken the decision with prior thinking and analysis. So, sometimes the decision is good, sometimes the decision back fires,”Madan Lal said.When questioned about Mithali’s letter demanding justice from the Indian board, Madan Lal said: “If she has written it then let the board decide.”When pressed on Powar’s tour report, the cricketer said, “Whatever the report they give, the board has to look into. I don’t think there should be any controversy the way they are coming out in the media. Like this, you cannot build the team. You have to trust the coach and the captain. If they are not doing well, then selectors can come in and take the decision.”Powar had on Wednesday said that Mithali’s lack of intent to score quickly in practice games prompted them to open with Taniya Bhatia. “It’s not always about individual milestones, it’s always about team strategies and executions,” Powar had written.Madan Lal agreed with Powar’s explanation and said that considering the format of the game, players who can score faster in the powerplay are preferred.”This is not a 50-over match, it is T20. If you waste 6-7 overs, then your team is already under pressure. I will go by the captain and the coach. Whatever decision they had taken must be in terms of the team, and there was the selector also. Sometimes in sports, you have to take a hard decision, which is in terms of the team only. Powar is not Mithali’s enemy, the player should think how can she adjust in the T20 game and how can she perform better.advertisement”I also do agree that she is an experienced player and should have played but looking at the condition, I will go with the coach, the captain and the selectors. They simply took a decision. Now that they have lost, a controversy has built up. If there are any differences between Powar and Mithali, the board has to sort it out. Sitting here I cannot comment about Mithali or Powar’s attitude,” he added.”Team players have to look and make sure how to survive and grow. The decision [taken during World T20] can be wrong or could have been right. Had they won [the semi-final against England], people would have said the decision was good. Things don’t work like this. The controversy should not have arisen,” Madan Lal concluded.(With ANI inputs)Also Read | My patriotism doubted, darkest day of my life: Mithali reacts after Powar’s allegationsAlso Read | Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?Also Read | Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’Also Watch | Sunil Gavaskar speaks out on Mithali Raj’s controversial World T20 omission
Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and also been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year on MondayMandhana played a crucial role in India’s semi-final appearance at the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, scoring 178 runs in five matches at a strike-rate of 125.35.She is currently ranked fourth in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters and 10th in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for T20I batters.India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana bags Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award and Women’s ODI Player of Year 2018!READ https://t.co/7TLSe2pblG pic.twitter.com/h0GtsKKsYGICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018Reacting to the news, a delighted Mandhana said: “The awards are pretty special because as a player when you score runs, you want the team to win, and then when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team.”The century I scored in South Africa (in Kimberley) was quite satisfying and then I had good home series against Australia and England. A lot of people used to say I do not score that much in India, so I had a point to prove to myself.”That was something which really made me better as a player. And then, of course, the first four matches of the ICC Women’s World T20 were quite memorable,” she added.Feels special to win two awards: @mandhana_smritiThe first Indian woman to win two @ICC awards in a calendar year talks about her special achievement and shares her long-time ambition.Full interview here – https://t.co/wPuQvSWGbR pic.twitter.com/58notBvrQTadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) December 31, 2018India’s Harmanpreet Kaur was Monday named captain of the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year, which also includes two of her compatriots Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav.Opening batswoman Mandhana and leg-spinner Yadav were also included in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year, which has New Zealander Suzie Bates as captain.The ODI and T20 sides were selected by a voting academy, which has former players like Lisa Sthalekar, Charlotte Edwards, Anjum Chopra and members of the media, and took into consideration performances in the 2018 calendar year.Harmanpreet has been rewarded for spearheading India to the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies in November.Meet the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@ahealy77@SuzieWBates@ImHarmanpreet(c)@natsciver@EllysePerry@akgardner97Leigh Kasperek@megan_schuttRumana Ahmed@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/R37impUn79 pic.twitter.com/n96VV7aaNcICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018″In that tournament, (Harmanpreet) Kaur scored 183 runs at a strike-rate of 160.5, while in the 25 matches in the calendar year, she accumulated 663 runs at a strike-rate of 126.2. Kaur is ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Player Rankings for T20I Batters,” the ICC said in a statement.The 29-year-old Harmanpreet said she was surprised to have been named captain of the World T20 XI.”To be honest, it was really surprising for me. The last two years we did not get enough T20I matches to play and it was really tough for me to build that confidence in the team and show that self-belief that we can do well in T20Is. Credit goes to all team members, the way they worked hard and show that self-belief,” Kaur said.”This award means a lot to me to build my confidence, BCCI is showing confidence on me – that I can do well in the format and I am looking forward to do well in the future.”The T20I team has players from five countries, including four from the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 champions Australia. Two players are from New Zealand and one player each from Bangladesh and England, besides the three from India.Rumana Ahmed is the first Bangladesh player to have been selected in the ICC squad. The right-arm leg-spinner has been the second most successful T20I bowler in the 2018 calendar year with 30 wickets in 24 matches, including four wickets in four matches in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.The ODI team, on the other hand, has players from seven countries, with two each from England, India, New Zealand and South Africa. Australia, Pakistan and West Indies has one player each.Bates’ appointment as the ODI captain was a recognition of her contribution in inspiring her side to second position in the ICC Women’s Championship after three rounds.advertisementCongratulations to the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@mandhana_smriti@Tammy_Beaumont@SuzieWBates (c)@danevn81@sophdevine77@ahealy77@kappie777@Dottin_5@mir_sana05@Sophecc19@poonam_yadav24#ICCAwards https://t.co/V6qREy5SAD pic.twitter.com/WZbsbRliXEICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018In the seven ODIs this calendar year, Bates has scored 438 runs with two centuries and a half-century. Bates is presently ranked seventh in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters.Besides India’s Mandhana and Yadav, Australia’s Alyssa Healy and Suzie Bates of New Zealand are the other players who feature in both the ODI and T20I squads.ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Suzie Bates (New Zealand; captain), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Poonam Yadav (India).ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia; wk), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India; captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India).(With inputs from IANS and PTI)