BCCI Announces Cash Prizes For Selectors Following Historic Win In Australia

BCCI Announces Cash Prizes For Selectors Following Historic Win In Australia

The selection committee headed by MSK Prasad will get a bonus of Rs 20 lakh each. © AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has declared cash rewards for the All-India Senior Selection Committee. The selection committee that comprises of five members will get a bonus of Rs 20 lakh each after India’s historic tour of Australia, where they won both the Test and ODI series by 2-1 margins. Chairman of the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai had earlier announced cash awards for the cricketers as well as the support staff.

“The five men have played a crucial role in picking a balanced Indian squad and offering the team management enough options to work around different combinations. The boys chosen to represent the Indian team went about their task in a fearless manner and stood up in challenging situations,” Rai said in a media release.

“Each member who has played a role in India’s recent triumphs in Australia needs to be appreciated. With the ICC Cricket World Cup just about four months away, the three-match ODI series in Australia provided excellent preparation for the Indian team. The selectors have been focusing on a core group of cricketers that will make the cut at the showpiece event.

I congratulate them for picking some fine young talents, who performed brilliantly on their maiden tour of Australia,” Diana Edulji, member CoA, said.

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Ducati India Announces First-Ever Ducati India Race Cup

The first ever Ducati India Race Cup will be held in October 2019 at the Buddh International Circuit, and will follow a one-make format.

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The 2019 Ducati India Race Cup will follow a one-make format

Ducati India has announced the very first Ducati India Race Cup in India. The race will be held alongside the season finale of the Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2019 and will be held in October 2019 at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. This will be the very first time that the Ducati India Race Cup will take place in India, and the event will be a collaboration of Ducati India with Volkswagen Motorsport India. Ducati riders aboard Ducati Panigale and Ducati SuperSport motorcycles will battle for top honours at the BIC.


The 2018 Ducati Riding Experience Track Days was a popular and successful event


“In 2018, Ducati showcased its racing DNA by winning at the JK Tyre National Superbike Racing Championship and now, Ducati is proud to bring its very own one make race along with Volkswagen Motorsport India. This year, we are also looking to organise not just another DRE Track day but are also working on having certified DRE instructors in India itself so that they can provide individual training to keen Ducati riders before the race. Ducati India is thankful to Volkswagen Motorsports India for this collaboration,” said Sergi Canovas, Managing Director, Ducati India.


The 2019 Ducati India Race Cup will give Ducati owners an opportunity to learn track riding skills and race against each other at the BIC

“The Volkswagen Group with its diverse portfolio offers us opportunities to collaborate within the brands and come up with racing properties that cater to a wider audience. I am glad that we are taking the first step towards creating a power-packed event along with Ducati India and really looking forward to working on many more events in the future,” said Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India.


The Ducati Race Cup has been introduced in India to provide a platform and opportunity for Ducati owners to ride their motorcycles on the racetrack, and also to develop the sport in India. The Ducati Race Cup will have one qualifying race on October 5, followed by the race on October 6. Ducati India will open entries for the Panigale and SuperSport owners for the inaugural season of 2019. More details about eligibility and entry forms will be made available on the Ducati India website.

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Google Announces New Policy to Reveal Political Ad-Spend in India

As India gears up for the Lok Sabha elections, Google on Tuesday announced an updated election ads policy that will provide comprehensive information about who is purchasing them on Google platforms and how much money is being spent. The updated election ads policy will require advertisers to provide a “pre-certificate” issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) or anyone authorised by the ECI, for each ad they wish to run. The company noted that it will begin verifying advertisers next month.

Google will verify the identity of advertisers before their election ads run on its platforms, the company said in a statement. 

“In 2019, over 850 million Indians are expected to cast their vote to elect the country’s next government. We’re thinking hard about elections and how we continue to support democratic processes in India and around the world,” said Chetan Krishnaswamy, Director-Public Policy, Google India. 

“In line with this, we are bringing more transparency to election advertising online, and surfacing relevant information to help people better navigate the electoral process,” Krishnaswamy added.

The advertiser verification process will begin on February 14. 

Google would introduce an India-specific “Political Advertising Transparency” report and searchable “Political Ads Library” in March.

“For the Lok Sabha Election 2019, Google will make electoral information from the ECI and other authoritative sources easily discoverable on Search,” the company said.

The move comes at a time when digital platforms have come under pressure to bring transparency into political ads, and are facing increased scrutiny in large markets that are headed for elections.

Last month, Facebook had said it will make it compulsory for advertisers to disclose their identity and location before any such advertisement material can be run on the popular social media platform and Instagram.

Written with agency inputs

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Nepal’s Central Bank Announces Ban Of Indian Currency Above Rs 100

Nepali citizens cannot carry these denominations to countries other than India (Representational)


Nepal’s central bank has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations, a move that could affect Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan nation where Indian currency is widely used.

Nepal Rastra Bank on Sunday issued a circular prohibiting Nepali travellers, banks and financial institutions from holding or carrying and trading Indian bank notes higher than Rs 100, the Kathmandu Post reported.

The central bank said in its circular letter said that Indian currency of 200, 500 and 2,000 denominations cannot be carried and used for trading.

Under the new regulation, Nepali citizens cannot carry these denominations to countries other than India. Similarly, Nepalis are also not allowed to bring such notes from other countries. Indian notes of 100 or below, however, are allowed for trading and conversion, the bank’s circular reads.

On December 13, the Cabinet had decided to publish the notification in the Nepal Gazette not to allow people to carry Indian currency notes above 100 denominations in Nepal.

The ban has been criticised by travel traders and entrepreneurs, saying that it would hurt the country’s burgeoning tourism at a time when the government has announced ”Visit Nepal” campaign with an objective to draw at least 2 million tourists in 2020.

Since a majority of Indians come to Nepal over land from bordering towns, it is difficult for them to convert their currency to dollar or Euro, they said.

The overland Indian visitors’ survey showed that 1.2 million Indians came to Nepal through the surface route while 160,132 travelled via air. The average length of stay of Indian tourists coming overland was 5.8 days. Average expenditure per visitor was as much as Rs 11,310, the paper said.

The Indian government introduced new banknotes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations after the demonetisation of old notes worth Rs 500 and 1,000 in 2016.

However, the move hit countries such as Nepal and Bhutan where Indian currency is widely used.

Nepal Premier K P Sharma Oli said earlier this year that demonetisation hurt the Nepalese people and added that he would raise the matter with Indian leaders.

People have been using the new Indian currency in Nepal for nearly two years now.

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BCCI announces two India A teams against England Lions


भारतीय क्रिकेट कंट्रोल बोर्ड (बीसीसीआई) की अखिल भारतीय सीनियर चयन समिति ने शनिवार को इंग्लैंड लायंस के खिलाफ होने वाली पांच मैचों की वनडे सीरीज के लिए इंडिया-ए टीम का ऐलान कर दिया है. चयन समिति ने साथ ही इंग्लैंड लांयस के खिलाफ होने वाले दो दिवसीय अभ्यास मैच के लिए बोर्ड अध्यक्ष एकादश टीम की भी घोषणा कर दी. चयन समिति ने पहले तीन वनडे मैचों के लिए इंडिया-ए की अलग टीम चुनी है जबकि बाकी के दो मैचों के लिए अलग टीम. कुछ खिलाड़ियों को दोनों टीमों में चुना है.

पहले तीन वनडे मैचों के लिए इंडिया-ए टीम का कप्तान अजिंक्य रहाणे को बनाया गया है जबकि चौथे और पांचवें वनडे के लिए अंकित बवाने को टीम का कप्तान नियुक्त किया गया है. युवा बल्लेबाज-विकेटकीपर ईशान किशन को बोर्ड अध्यक्ष एकादश की कमान सौंपी गई है. 

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शुरुआती तीन वनडे के लिए इंडिया-ए टीम : अजिंक्य रहाणे (कप्तान), अनमोलप्रीत सिंह, रितुराज गायकवाड़, श्रेयस अय्यर, हनुमा विहारी, अंकित बवाने, ईशान किशन (विकेटकीपर), क्रुणाल पांड्या, अक्षर पटेल, मयंक मारकंडे, जयंत यादव, सिद्धार्थ कौल, शार्दूल ठाकुर, दीपक चाहर, नवदीप सैनी.

चौथे और पांचवें वनडे मैच के लिए : अंकित बवाने (कप्तान), रितुराज गायकवाड़, अनमोलप्रीत सिंह, रिकी भुई, सिद्धेश लाड़, ऋषभ पंत (विकेटकीपर), दीपक हुड्डा, अक्षर पटेल, राहुल चहर, जयंत यादव, नवदीप सैनी, आवेश खान, दीपक चहर और शार्दूल ठाकुर.

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बोर्ड अध्यक्ष एकादश : ईशान किशन (कप्तान और विकेटकीपर), अक्षत रेड्डी, ध्रुव शौरी, रिकी भुई, सिद्धेश लाड, रिंकू सिंह, प्रियम गर्ग, सौरभ कुमार, राहुल चाहर, जयंत यादव, अनिकेत चौधरी, अंकित राजपूत 

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Netflix Renews Selection Day for Season 2, Announces April Release Date

Netflix Renews Selection Day for Season 2, Announces April Release Date

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(L-R): Akshay Oberoi, Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye, Rajesh Tailang in Selection Day

In what surely comes as a surprise, Netflix has not only renewed its critically-panned cricket drama series Selection Day — based on Indo-Australian author Aravind Adiga’s book of the same name — for a second season, which will be called Selection Day: Part 2, but has also announced a release date: it’s out April 22, 2019. Given the short gap between the first season, which released three weeks ago on December 28, and the second, it would seem that both seasons had been filmed back-to-back but are being released a few months apart. Selection Day is the story of two brothers who are pushed by their domineering father to become the two best batsmen in the world.

The first season of Selection Day was received unfavourably by most critics, including us. There was no deft or depth to the various storylines, and it was “unable to build any momentum or craft a powerful narrative”. Those who were drawn to the show for the cricket would have also been disappointed, and the show even suffered from geographical and continuity errors. Lastly, it had “nothing to say about modern-day India beyond its checkbox recognitions of the maladies stemming from cricket turning into a new capitalist tool, and the problems of identity faced by a new generation that’s being pulled in different directions”, as we said in our review.

Created by British actor-turned-writer Marston Bloom (Harley Street), who also serves as the showrunner, Selection Day is a production of Anil Kapoor Film Company (AKFC) and London-based Seven Stories, co-founded by Anand Tucker (Girl with a Pearl Earring), who serves an executive producer alongside colleagues Colleen Woodcock and Jo McClellan, AKFC’s Udayan Bhat, and directors Udayan Prasad (The Yellow Handkerchief) and Karan Boolani (24: India), who’s also a creative producer on Selection Day.

The Selection Day cast includes newcomers Yash Dholye and Mohammad Samad, who play the two brothers Radha and Manju Kumar, and Karanvir Malhotra, who plays their rival classmate Javed Ansari. Rajesh Tailang (Mukkabaaz) played the father of the two boys Mohan Kumar, Mahesh Manjrekar (Kaante) starred as the cricketing coach Tommy Sir, Ranta Pathak Shah (Sarabhai vs Sarabhai) played the school principal Nellie, Akshay Oberoi (Gurgaon) played an investor named Anand Mehta, and Shiv Pandit (Shaitan, FIR) starred as Lord Subramanya.

Selection Day: Part 2 will release April 22, 2019 on Netflix.

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BCCI Announces Schedule For Women’s Home Series Against England

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India and England & Wales Cricket Board announce the schedule for the upcoming home series of the India women’s team against England. The series will comprise three ODIs that will start from 9:00AM IST and three T20Is which will start at 10:00AM IST,” BCCI said in a release.

“The ODIs will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship and will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The T20Is will be played at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.

“England will play a warm-up game against BP XI on 18th February at the Wankhede stadium,” the release further stated.

ODI Schedule

1st ODI – February 22 in Mumbai

2nd ODI – February 25 in Mumbai

3rd ODI – February 28 in Mumbai

T20I schedule

1st T20I – March 4 in Guwahati

2nd T20I – March 7 in Guwahati

3rd T20I – March 9 in Guwahati

Ahead of the home series against England, the Indian women’s cricket team is scheduled to play a three-match ODI and T20I series against New Zealand in New Zealand starting January 24.

India will head back home after the third and final T20I which will be held on February 10 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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Andy Murray announces Australian Open 2019 could be his last tournament

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India vs Australia: Aaron Finch Announces Australia XI For First ODI Against India

Australia’s limited overs skipper Aaron Finch announced his playing XI for the first one-day international (ODI) against India to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Veteran Peter Siddle, who is set to play his first ODI in over eight years, will line up with Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff to make up hosts’ pace attack in Sydney. Experienced Nathan Lyon has been preferred over Adam Zampa as the specialist spinner. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis occupy the all-rounders’ slots.

“For Sidds to go away and work on the skills that he’s brought to the table over the last couple of years in Big Bash cricket is outstanding,” Aaron Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“He well and truly deserves his spot. Any tour you go on, Sidds is one of the first picked I would think for what he brings to the team and the skill set he brings.”

Finch said that Zampa was unfortunate to miss out, but added that the management believed Lyon and Maxwell would have big roles to play in the lead up to the World Cup 2019.

“Adam’s very stiff to miss out on a game tomorrow,” Finch said while announcing the squad on Friday. “He’s performed reasonably well for us in the last little bit since he’s made his comeback.

“It’s unfortunate for him to miss but we feel those two (Nathan Lyon and Glenn Maxwell) together could play a really big part over the next six to 10 months.”

At the top of the order, Finch will open with Alex Carey, the wicketkeeper-batsman, with the likes of Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb making up the rest of the batting line-up.

Finch was particularly excited about opening with Carey. “It’s just an opportunity to see Alex play in a position he’s done quite a bit in Big Bash and one-day cricket,” said Finch.

“It’s a position he’s performed really well with in the last couple of years. He’s been shuffled around the order a bit in the last little while … and he’ll get a good opportunity up there.”

After the Sydney ODI on Saturday, the teams will travel to Adelaide and Melbourne for matches on 15 and 18 January.

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk) Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.

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Maruti Suzuki Announces Price Hike Of Select Models

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The new prices will be effective from today across India.

India’s largest carmaker- Maruti Suzuki has announced to increase the prices of select models by up to ₹ 10,000. The new prices will be effective from January 10, 2019 (today). The decision comes due to the impact of rising commodity prices and foreign exchange rates. The cyclical price revision happens at the start of every year and has become a norm in the auto industry. Recently, some of the major carmakers such as Hyundai, Tata Motors, Ford, Honda, Renault, Nissan, Toyota and BMW have also made price hike announcements citing similar reasons.

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Maruti Suzuki

India has witnessed a rise in the exchange rates of prices of commodities like steel, aluminium and other metals which has increased the cost burden on automakers and they in-turn are passing onto the customers in order to retain margins. Other macro-economic factors such as the rise in petrol prices and increase in interest rates have also compelled carmakers to increase prices. The rise in fuel prices has added to the transportation cost of vehicles to dealerships while the increase in interest rates has made corporate loans more expensive.

bqliunvg The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will also cost more.


Maruti Suzuki has recently launched the next-generation Ertiga in India at a starting price of ₹ 7.44 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The price of the MPV is also likely to go up after the price hike announcement. Moreover, the company will also launch the new WagonR in India this month and likely would have observed the hike in a bid to decide its launch price in India. Maruti Suzuki at present sells 15 models in India through its Arena and Nexa dealerships.

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