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Yuki Bhambri Breaks into Top 100, Ranked 83

Yuki had first broken into top-100 late in 2015 but injuries did not allow him to climb further.

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LONDON (England): Yuki Bhambri broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016 following his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger as he leapfrogged 22 places to a career-best rank of 83.

This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011.

Yuki had first broken into top-100 late in 2015 but injuries did not allow him to climb further. However, the resilient 25-year-old has worked his way back to top-100 which, if maintained, will allow him direct entry into the Grand Slams and the ATP 1000 series Masters event.

“It’s only the beginning, I have to move up a lot more and I am looking forward to the challenge,” Yuki said.

Yuki has always maintained that he has the game to challenge the best players and has proved with his recent big wins over world number 12 Lucas Puillee (Indian Wells, March 2018) and world number 22 Gael Monfils (Washington, August 2017).

His Davis Cup teammate Ramkumar Ramanathan too rose to a career-best 116 as he jumped 17 places after ending runner-up to Yuki in Taipei.

Sumit Nagal though lost two places to be 215 and was followed by Prajnesh Gunneswaran (266) and Arjun Kadhe (394).

In the doubles, Divij Sharan further improved his career-best rank by moving up to 41, a gain of one place. Leander Paes, who became the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup, lost four places to be in 49th position. Rohan Bopanna is leading the doubles chart for India at number 19.

Meanwhile, Ankita Raina too improved on her career-best rank as she jumped three places to 194 while Karman Kaur Thandi dropped a place to 268. In the doubles, out-of-action Sania Mirza was unchanged at number 24.

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Jhulan Goswami Honoured with Commemorative Stamp for 200 ODI Wkts

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.

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KOLKATA (West Bengal): A postage stamp, featuring Goswami’s mugshot in India colours next to an image of Kolkata’s iconic Victoria Memorial, has been issued in honour of her claiming a record 200 wickets in women’s ODIs.

The unveiling of the stamp took place on Friday at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club, in the presence of former India men’s captain Sourav Ganguly.

Adjudged the ICC Women’s Player of Year award in 2007, Goswami, 35, recently became the first female player to pick up 200 ODI wickets when she had Laura Wolvaardt caught behind in the third ODI during India’s tour of South Africa in February.

In May 2017, Goswami found her 181st ODI wicket in South Africa’s Raisibe Ntozakhe, during the Quadrangular series, and surpassed Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick as the leading wicket-taker in the format. During the same tour, Goswami pipped Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway to the honour of the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in women’s ODIs.

The recognition was lauded by fellow professionals from across the world. Former Australian woman cricketer Lisa Sthalekar was one of the first ones to react on Twitter:

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.

Interestingly, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev was the first cricketer ever to claim 200 ODI wickets. Even Kapil Dev took 166 matches to achieve the feat.

She had joined the Indian women’s cricket team back in 2002 against England, almost a week before her Test debut against the same team. In 2007, she was announced as a part of the Asia squad in the Afro-Asia tournament in India. A year later, Jhulan was named the captain of India for the then tour of Australia. Her captaincy stint lasted for just 25 games.

In 2010 she received the Arjuna Award. Two years hence, the 35-year-old was honoured with the Padam Shri.

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Indian Women Win All 7 Golds at 8th South Asian Judo Championship in Lalitpur, Nepal

In the men’s section, India won three gold medals.

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LALITPUR (Nepal): In a glittering performance Indian women made a clean sweep at 8th South Asian Judo Championship in Lalitpur, Nepal. India won all 7 Gold Medals in women’s section.

India’s Garima Chaudhary won gold in 70 kg. She defeated Farina Khanam of Bangladesh in the final.

In 78 kg category, Jina Devi won gold by beating Punam Shrestha of Nepal.

Tulika Maan won 7th gold for the country. She defeated Milani Silva of Sri Lanka in 78+ kg.

In the men’s section, India won 3 gold medals.

Divesh won the first gold for the country. He defeated Sanjay Maharajan of Nepal in the final of -81 kg.

Vijay Kumar Yadav won gold in -60 kg beating Milinda Senevirathne of Sri Lanka in the final.

The last gold for India was won by Ajay Yadav in -73 kg. He defeated Sanjit Dongol of Nepal in the final. Indian men also got one bronze medal today.

Indian women had won 4 gold while men bagged two bronze the first day of the championship on yesterday. The team events will be held tomorrow.

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Madhya Pradesh Wins the Most ‘Film Friendly State’ Award

Uttarakhand gets a ‘Special Mention Certificate’ while the jury lauded continuing efforts of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat towards creating a film-friendly ecosystem.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): The Most Film Friendly State Award was announced today by the Chairman of the Jury Ramesh Sippy. The Most Film Friendly State Awards would be presented by Hon’ble President of India on May 3, 2018, during the presentation of the National Film Awards.

State of Madhya Pradesh won the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State by creating a well-structured website, film-friendly infrastructure, offering incentives, maintaining databases, undertaking marketing and promotional initiatives, unanimously by the Jury from among the 16 States that participated.

Madhya Pradesh also received positive feedback from established filmmakers who have shot there. The efforts taken by the State to present their case for the Awards were also appreciated.

The state of Uttarakhand is given a Special Mention Certificate to recognize the efforts made by the State of Uttarakhand towards creating a film-friendly environment.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ramesh Sippy Chairman of the Jury said “The Jury members laud the continuing efforts of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat towards creating a film-friendly ecosystem in their States and hope that they keep up the good work.

Akshay Kumar starrer superhit film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was shot extensively in Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh (File Photo)

This year Madhya Pradesh, where a lot of filmmakers have shot over the years, has won the award due to the ease of filming that the State offers along with excellent on ground support and filming infrastructure, an informative website and incentives for filmmaking.

The Madhya Pradesh entry was also presented beautifully with all required documents given in a very comprehensive manner.

In addition, the jury would like to acknowledge the sincere efforts made by Uttarakhand in this direction, despite it being a relatively new State with a difficult terrain and hence has been given the Special Mention.”

The jury for selecting the Most Film Friendly State Award 2017 was chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and comprising of renowned filmmakers, Nagraj Manjule, Raja Krishna Menon, Vivek Agnihotri, and Uday Singh, MD, Motion Picture Distributors Association.

Names of the States that Participated in the ‘Most Film Friendly State Award 2017’:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar
  2. Delhi
  3. Gujarat
  4. Karnataka
  5. Kerala
  6. Madhya Pradesh
  7. Maharashtra
  8. Mizoram
  9. Odisha
  10. Punjab
  11. Rajasthan
  12. Sikkim
  13. Telangana
  14. Tripura
  15. Uttarakhand
  16. Uttar Pradesh
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