Manchester United have agreed a deal in principle to sign France centre back Raphael Varane from La Liga side Real Madrid, the Premier League club!

Soccer: The Theatre of Dreams

Manchester United is one of the most reputed clubs in the Premier League and based in Old Trafford, England. It’s not necessary whether you’re a football fan or don’t know the first thing about it, Manchester United is one club you surely must have heard of. The club boast of royal fans following across the world and royalty matched by none. The Club has produced great players with superb skills who enthralled the football fans whether played for the club or while representing their country. Red Devil ever-growing fanbase makes it one of the most followed clubs in the world. Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and their Old Trafford home is known the Theatre of Dreams by one of their greatest legends, Sir Bobby Charlton.

The club confirmed the news that Manchester United and Real Madrid have completed the transfer of French center-back Raphael Varane, who will leave the club after a decade with the club. During his time with Real Madrid has won 18 titles: 4 Champions Leagues, 4 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 3 LA Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey and 3 Spanish Super Cups. Varane was one of the most successful defenders in recent history of the CLUB. During his 10 seasons with the club, he won three league titles, four Champions Leagues, three European Supercups and four FIFA Club.

Raphael Varane is set to make the move to Old Trafford after Manchester United and Real Madrid though No fee has been disclosed but British media reported value the deal at £34 million ($47 million) rising to £48 million with add-ons. Another interesting fact, it was Ferguson who first tried to bring Varane to United, with Jose Mourinho also interested in signing the defender during his time in charge.

Jadon Sancho: Manchester United complete transfer from Borussia Dortmund -  The Athletic

Varane has become 2nd major signing of the transfer season for United’s following the arrival of Jadon Sancho, who the English club signed earlier in the month for £73m ($101m). Manchester United released the statement, “Manchester United is delighted to announce the club has reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of French international defender and World Cup winner, Raphaël Varane, subject to a medical and to player terms being finalised.”

France centre back had one year left in his Real Madrid contract and appeared in more than 350 games for the club. He had crucial role in France lifted the World Cup with France in 2018 and was part of Euro 2020, played in ALL FOUR GAMES before being eliminated by Switzerland in the last 16. Varane will bring a lot of stability to United’s defence as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team look to challenge for the Premier League title AS last year they finished second last season, 12 points behind arch rivals as well as champions Manchester City.

Manchester United 'Hours Away' From Completing Raphael Varane Transfer

Varane’s first competitive match in United colours could likely come when they start their Premier League campaign on August 14 vs Leeds United at Old Trafford.

Watch Trailer: MX Player’s upcoming historical series Chhatrasal starring Ashutosh Rana, Jitin Gulati’s web series to premiere on 26th July!

The forgotten brutality of the 1857 Mutiny - Rediff.com India News

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a colourful variety and rich cultural heritage. Today we will talk about another freedom fighter who brought battle with ruthless the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Yes, you guessed it right, its none other than Bundelkhand Kesri Maharaja Chhatrasal who was Bundeli warrior and planned to establish his own kingdom in Bundelkhand. He was born in Kachar Kachnai on the 4th of May in 1649, to Champat Rai and Lal Kunwar.

His father was the first person to raise the spirit of freedom from the Mughals but was killed in battle with the Mughals post himself killing the favourite of the emperor, Abu Fazl. Chhatrasal started his revolt with Mughal at the young age of 22 years, along with an army of 5 horsemen and 25 swordsmen, in 1671.  During the first decade he and his troops conquered area between Chitrakoot and Panna on the east and Gwalior on the west.  Post which stretched from Kalpi in the north to Sagar, Garah Kota and Damoh in the south. He also went to defeat few of the accomplished Mughal generals such as Rohilla Khan, Kaliq, Munawwar Khan, Sadruddin, Sheikh Anwar, Sayyid Latif, Bahlol Khan and Abdus Ahmed.

Marathas & Bundelkhand II – Chhatrasal Bundela & Peshwa Bajirao! |  IndiaFactsIndiaFacts

Chhatrasal was trained by Pran Nathji and accepted him as his teacher as well as Pranami Dharma.  The feud between Bundelkhand and Mughal began when the people of Bundelkhand refused to submit ‘Jizyah’ tax and started the revolution and with the sole purpose of freedom. The battle lasted for over nearly fifty years, each consecutive assault brought with it the desecration of Hindu temples and population, including cold-blooded murder of unarmed civilians, the rape of women and slavery for captured women and children.  This only intensified the Bundela strength for the fight for freedom and retaliation.

The Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb led a huge expedition vs Bundelkhand to smash the ‘idol worshippers’ in 1684 but was forced to retreat without achieving any lasting successes, leaving behind trails of horror and destruction but still failing to subdue Chatrasal and the Bundala’s.

Chhatrasal MX player Webseries Release Date, Cast&Crew, Storyline And How  To Watch?

Today’s generation will get to see the journey of Great warrior King Bundelkhand Kesri Maharaja Chhatrasal as MX Player’s launching a show on the legend. The show is titled Chhatrasal featuring Ashutosh Rana, Jitin Gulati and the historical drama will be narrated by Neena Gupta. Post watching the trailer we get to see that its heavy dependency on visual effects for re-creating historical drama. Also, the show is relying heavily on Rana’s image of playing the bad guy successfully over the years.

Chhatrasal | Official Teaser | Historical Drama | Ashutosh Rana | MX Player  - Global Circulate

Ashutosh Rana is essaying the role of Aurangzeb and was quoted saying “Aurangzeb is one of the most feared & powerful emperors in history. While I have played negative characters in the past, to play a character like this was daunting, but at the same time, it allowed me to explore a different genre of acting. I hope that the audiences relive the bravery of Maharaja Chhatrasal with this web series. It is through stories like this that our rich history and heritage prevails. I hope viewers are inspired by the tale of this unsung warrior,” said Jitin Gulati, who plays the titular role.

The show has been directed by Anadii Chaturvedi, also featured Vaibhavi Shandilya, Manish Wadhwa, Anushka Luhar and Rudra Soni who are playing an integral role. MX Player’s upcoming historical series Chhatrasal is set to premiere on July 26.

Mary Kom is currently in Japan for Tokyo Olympics. Here’s what she ate for breakfast and what you can make too!

MC Mary Kom is one of the most prolific boxers in our country and bestows rare feet of being the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships, also became the first woman athlete to be recommended by the Sports Ministry for Padma Vibhushan. She is been one of India’s leading sporting superstars for the past two decades, won a total of 19 medals in her career across different international tournaments. She holds rare record to being six times, the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer to win eight World Championship medals.    

Ever since the women’s world boxing championships was introduced way back in 2001, the Indian boxer has won a medal at each of the eight editions so far. These days Mary Kom prepares for her dream of winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics and was quoted saying “My goal is to win the elusive Olympic gold medal. And I hope my last Olympics turns out to be the most memorable one and I can inspire people and bring some joy in these challenging times.”

Her journey has inspired many young girls taking up boxing, recent times we have seen the steady churning out of women boxers in the nation, three of whom will be joining her in Tokyo. Magnificent Mary opened how she has handled one and a half years fight vs an opposition as formidable as Covid-19. She added saying “It was a tough time in general with the second wave rampant and everything happening so quickly. The training camp had to be stopped temporarily but we were in touch with each other through video calls and we devised a new plan.”

May Kom Personal Coach, Chhote Lal Yadav gave insight into the training session and was quoted saying “Sumya (Halder, her physio) was in touch with her and made sure that all the good work that we did in the past months continued. After a few weeks, we went to SAI, Pune, and trained there. We took it as another challenge and did everything possible. I was doing my best with whatever was possible, keeping myself fit and training and brushing up on my techniques,” added Mary Kom. My experience also helped me in such tough circumstances as I knew it wouldn’t be long before things changed again for the better. With Asian Championships and Olympics around, I had enough motivation to train hard.”

During this pandemic, Mary has remained optimistic and has been pillar of strength for her family, also has been keeping herself mentally strong even when she couldn’t train and sparring. She stayed indoor during these tough times and was also down with dengue. “It was a bit strange as I am not used to staying at home for a long time. I made sure that I was giving ample time both to my family and my training. My kids also understand the responsibility that I have towards my country and my game.”          

      

In her first outing post the pandemic went on win a bronze and followed it up winiing Silver medal at the Asian championship which took place in Dubai and was quoted saying “I lost a very close final and was disappointed in the beginning but it is in my nature to look at the positives, work on my mistakes and come back strongly.”

The prolific boxers who was former world No. 1, who currently holds the third spot in AIBA rankings ahead of the Games, is rearing to make her last Olympic sojourn memorable.

Do you think Vettel will inspire other drivers on the grid to talk about the importance of the environment?

Career & Records – Sebastian Vettel Fan Page

Sebastian Vettel hails from Heppenheim, West Germany and became the youngest person to win the Formula One (F1) world drivers’ championship. He also went to win the title in 2011–13. While growing up Vettel looked upto German racing icon Michael Schumacher. Despite being a racing prodigy, Vettel had a bumpy ride in his F1 circuit: he finished no higher than fourth in his first 21 races. His first win came at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix, in which Vettel set a record, at age 21 years and 2 months, becoming the youngest F1 race winner ever.

Vettel joined Ferrari team for two solid seasons but did not reach his previous heights, he went on to finishing in third place in 2015 and fourth in 2016. His 2017 season he won three of the first six races. Though, he managed only two more victories, and this led to end the year in second place, behind Lewis Hamilton. Vettel had similar results in 2018, winning five races and finishing the season as runner-up to Hamilton. He struggled over the next two seasons, winning only one event in 2019 and none in 2020. This led to part ways with Ferrari and in 2021 he signed with Aston Martin.

Vettel still has everything to prove at Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel has time and again stressed about the sport’s need to become more sustainable, a compulsion born out of the German’s active interest in the environment and sustainability issues. While interacting with CNN was quoted saying “If we can be the formula to actually develop what the world can use and needs, that would be great. Because then any question or doubt you have about Formula One, whether it’s necessary or not, if we can provide a solution to the future to make a giant leap forward, then that’s great.”

Sebastian Vettel took to social media by storm when a video went gone viral in which , he can been clean all the garbage along with a group of fans.  It is so common to see Fans buying snacks and beverages  for the event, but the sad part is many of them leave their rubbish in the stands. The environmentally-conscious Vettel was seeing wearing  t-shirt urging race fans to ‘keep it clean’ – stayed behind to help cleaners get rid of the garbage.

The video was shared by Formula One’s official Instagram account and fans can see Vetter carrying two bin bags full of rubbish from one of the stands and wrote  “He had a tough race, but it didn’t stop Sebastian Vettel keeping to his word and staying behind with a group of fans to help clear the litter in the stands.”

SEBASTIAN VETTEL showed his class after the British Grand Prix by helping Silverstone staff clear litter from the stands. The four-time world champion was certainly heartbroken not to finish the race. But he didn’t let his emotions ruin his day, and went out of his way to clean up the mess left by fans after the British Grand Prix.

Vettel is not having the best of seasons this year as he is struggling for consistency. In the 2021 drivers standings, currently being led by Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing with 185 points, Vettel stands at tenth place with just 30 points alongside his name.

Former India Test opener Wasim Jaffer has been selected as chief coach of the Odisha senior side for the upcoming domestic season.

Wasim Jaffer Picks India's Best-ever White-ball Cricketer

Wasim Jaffer who is a former Indian cricket batsman and was known as a batsman with a hunger for big scores. He hails from Maharashtra. He was a right-handed batsman and an intermittent right-arm off break bowler. His playing style was very much similar to legendary Mohammad Azharuddin. Jaffer is the top scorer in India’s domestic cricket tournament, Ranji Trophy.  He showed signs of greatness from his schooling days, when he went on to make 400 not out as a 15-year-old.

He scored a 314 not out knock in another match and helped out Mumbai to win. This was also the first time a batsman had crossed the triple three-digit mark. With a partnership of 459 runs, Jaffer along with Sulakshan Kulkarni were the first ever opening pair to have passed 400 marks together.

Irani Cup: Wasim Jaffer misses triple ton but Vidarbha reach 702/5 on  rain-hit day | Sports News,The Indian Express

Jaffer made his Test match debut vs South Africa in February 2000. But he didn’t have a good outing as Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock proved too hot to handle and his international career was put in a state of uncertainty. This led to being dropped from the Indian team, but Jaffer took positively, worked on his craft and made a successful comeback into the international arena by piling runs as an opener.

He made his return after 2 years in May and a decent knock vs the West Indies side, scoring a 51 in Bridgetown and 86 in Antigua. This led to scoring his maiden test century against England in March, 2016. In the next few months went on to score a double century, started opening along with Virendra Sehwag for the next tests. Jaffer scored an emphatic 202 in the first innings of the second test at Eden Garden, Kolkata. vs arch rivals Pakistan. 

Communal Charges Leveled Against Ex-Uttarakhand Coach Wasim Jaffer; Latter  Refutes Them

Jaffer has played 260 first-class games, scoring 19,410 runs at an average of 50.67. He has scored 57 hundred and 91 fifties with 314 being his highest score. In March 2020, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket and released a statement, “First of all, I would like to thank The Almighty Allah, who gave me the talent to play this beautiful game. I’d like to also thank my family – my parents and brothers for encouraging me to pursue the sport as a profession and my wife, who left a cosy life of England to create a lovely home for our children and me.

“A special thanks to all my coaches, right from my school days to professional cricket, for helping me polish my skills. A heartfelt thanks to the selectors who showed faith in me. My gratitude to all the captains I played under and all my colleagues from whom I learnt so much about the game and shared some lifelong memories. I would also like to thank all the support staff who were a constant pillar of support in my long journey.”

I Will be Lying if I Say Records Don't Really Matter to Me: Wasim Jaffer

As per official report, Former India Test opener Wasim Jaffer has been selected as chief coach of the Odisha senior side for the upcoming domestic season. If sources are to believe he was approached by a few more teams but the domestic cricket legend opted for Odisha. The news was confirmed by Subrata Behera, Odisha Cricket Association CEO who was quoted saying that He (Jaffer) will be the head coach. He has been given a two-year contract. Jaffer will be replacing former state captain Rashmi Ranjan Parida, who was at the helm for two seasons.

Odisha Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Behera further added “Besides the development of cricket across all age groups, he will also be a part of coaches development program across the state. Jaffer is one of the legends of Indian cricket who hails from Mumbai and holds a very impressive playing & coaching profile. He holds three records in his name as the highest run-scorer in the First-Class matches and has the highest number of hundreds to his name in the First-Class cricket matches.”

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He also added “Prior to accepting the Chief Coach offer from the Odisha Cricket Association, he was also the Head Coach of Uttarakhand Ranji Trophy Team for the year 2020-21. I’d like to wish him the very best for this new assignment and hopefully, he can rejuvenate Odisha Cricket and propel them to newer heights under his able leadership.”

Post retiring from cricket, he has been served as batting coach of Kings XI Punjab, which plays in the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The Mumbai stalwart, who later played for Vidarbha at the end of his illustrious career winning back-to-back Ranji Trophy as well as Irani Cup. 

Odisha had last reached quarter final in the 2019-20 season but they lost to Bengal and batting has been the team’s weakness for sometime now. The camp for the senior team is slated to commence from July 25, subject to the state government’s approval keeping mind of the COVID-19 guidelines.

India’s 1983 World Cup hero Yashpal Sharma, who was admired for being a gutsy middle-order batsman at the peak of his prowess, has died of massive cardiac arrest!

1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma dies of cardiac arrest

Former Indian cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma has passed away post suffering from a heart attack today at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife Renu Sharma, two daughters Puja, Preeti and son Chirag Sharma. Although Yashpal Sharma had technical limitations but he never let his shortcoming be overshadowed by his courage, concentration, determination and patience, qualities that made his add substance to the Indian middle order from 1979 to 1983.

He used to give fight to the opposition through his solid defence, and though he might not have been a very attractive batsman to watch, but none could argue against his value addition to the team.

The Weekend Leader - 1983 World Cup winner Yashpal Sharma no more

Yashpal first time came into limelight in 1972 when he scored 260 runs for Punjab schools vs the Jammu and Kashmir schools. This was turning point in his life and within the next two years he started playing for the state team as well as the North Zone team which won the Vizzy Trophy. He also played crucial role in North Zone victory over South Zone in Duleep Trophy (1997/98) and went on score of massive individual score of 173 runs. This led him to getting a very close to a national team call.

Though he scored a 99 in the Irani Trophy next year, earned Yashpal a place in the team to Pakistan. He played only two ODIs in Pakistan, but was not selected for the Test team. He was picked up for the England series in 1979, but didn’t play any of the World Cup games. He got his chance to feature in 3 out of 4 test matches before the World Cup. He went on to score 884 runs with of 884 runs with an average of 58.93 on the England tour. Post the successful England tour, he became a regular member in the Indian squad. This led to him being selected for the Tests vs Pakistan and Australia in 1979/80. He notched up his maiden Test century in the fourth Test against Australia, post getting out on a pair in the previous Test at Kanpur.

He continued his good form in 1980/81, Yashpal made on his highest first-class score of 201* against Victoria. But things went downhill with his two back-to-back forgetful series in Australia and New Zealand and was eventually dropped from the team. He made his fighting comeback with in less than a year’s time. In his comeback match took to fight to England bllers in Chennai and went on to score 140 and put on a 316-run partnership for the third wicket with Gundappa Vishwanath. His tight defensive technique made him a difficult batsman to knock over.

We never thought of winning 1983 World Cup when we left India:  Krishnamachari Srikkanth - Sportstar

He was known for his gutsy attitude and was also a member of the Kapil Dev-led World Cup-winning team as well as played a key role in India’s success. In the first match vs the West Indies, he top scored with 89 and won the Player of the Match, helping India win by 34 runs. He was again the top scorer with 61 against England in the semi-final, helping India win by 6 wickets. Post the World Cup win his career took a downturn and was dropped from the Test team after performing poorly against Pakistan and the West Indies in 1983/84.

During his illustrious career, Yashpal represented India in 37 ODIs and 42 Tests and played an important part of the Indian middle-order from 1979-83. Post-retirement, Yashpal tried his hand at umpiring for some time. He also worked as a selector for two years till December 2005 and was reappointed in 2008. Madan Lal was quoted saying “Can’t believe that he is no more. I have a lot of memories with him. We started off from Punjab, played the world cup with him. Just now Kapil called. Everyone is shocked now. His cricket career is the best. We met at a book launch recently. I can’t believe it. He is survived by his wife and 3 children. His son is in London for studies. Close relatives are in Ludhiana.”

Indian-origin tennis player lifted the Wimbledon boys’ singles title y, a remarkable triumph for the youngster who was testing his skills in a Grand Slam for only the second time in his fledgling career.

India is a sports-loving nation and has a special space in India. We are blessed to have Word class athletes and players who have produced so many great sportsmen in every sport. In our country Tennis enjoys a considerable following in India, although it is restricted to Urban cares but still it is one of the most popular sports in India. the All-India Tennis Association (AITA), the governing body of Tennis in India, was established and affiliated by the International Tennis Federation and Asian Tennis Federation, came into existence in 1920. As per stats 40% Indian sports fans follows the Wimbledon Championships with the US Open (37%) and the Australian Open (34%) coming next. Also, Tennis remains in the No. 2 position behind cricket in the country with 53% followers.

When Vijay Amritraj blew his chance for Wimbledon glory - Rediff Sports

Vijay Amritraj took the tennis community by sport when he made his debut at 17 years old and went on to become one of the most prominent players in Indian Tennis. He along with Sashi Menon, Jesuit Singh, and elder brother Anand Amritraj, led India to World Cup Finals for the second time in 1974.

Wimbledon and the Leander-Mahesh breakthrough! - Sportstar

In the 1990’s the nation saw the rise of icon players such as Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. Leander Paes created history by winning the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, while Mahesh Bhupathi became India’s first-ever grand slam winner when he won the mixed doubles at French Open in 1997. During 2000s and 2010s, playing either separately or together, both of them won numerous grand slam doubles and mixed doubles tournaments.

Wimbledon 2021: Mixed day for India as Sania Mirza advances, Bopanna-Sharan  lose | Tennis News – India TV

This followed with emergence of Sania Mirza in 2010 who carried baton by becoming the first Indian to win a WTA tournament. She also gained popularity with superb performances in the International Tennis Federation’s junior circuit and went on to win Wimbledon as well as the US Open in 2015, partnering with Swiss star Martina Hingis in the women’s doubles category. Rohan won the 2017 French Open Mixed Doubles title, 16 ATP Tour doubles titles, and has been consistently ranked within the Top 15. He also achieved Grand Slam success in 2017 as a mixed doubles player.

Indian-American Samir Banerjee made history by winning Junior Wimbledon title yesterday, and it a remarkable foot for the youngster who was testing his skills in a Grand Slam for only the second time in his career. The 17th year boy hails from New Jersey who wanted to win the match at the grand stage but wasn’t aware that his dream will come true. He was up again with a tough competition in Victor Lilov and went on defeat him -5 6-3 in the summit clash that lasted one hour 22 minutes. Post the win, The youngster was quoted saying, “I came into this tournament looking to win a round and trying to play well because I knew I was playing well before this. I didn’t really know how I would do on grass so I wanted to come in and give it my best. It’s amazing that I have been able to play this well.”

The official twitter handle of the Championships, took to social media and wrote “Remember the name – Samir Banerjee. The American wins his first junior Grand Slam singles title by beating Victor Lilov in the boys’ singles final.”

Samir father hails from Assam, while his mother grew up in Andhra Pradesh before both of them migrated to the USA in 1980s and got married there. Post the win, Samir has decided to take a break and decide to pursue undergrad in economics or political science at Columbia University.

Banerjee win is a testament to the set up created by the US Tennis Association has taken major steps while India has been struggling to find the next worthy player to go on and win at junior Grand Slam. The last time Indian player won the Prestigious junior singles was Yuki Bhambri at the Australian Open in 2009. On the other hand, Sumit Nagpal won the Wimbledon boys’ doubles event in 2015 with Vietnam’s Ly Hoang Nam.

The first Indian to win a junior major who had won the 1954 Junior Wimbledon championship was Ramanathan Krishnan. His son Ramesh Krishnan won the 1970 junior Wimbledon and junior French Open titles while Leander Paes won the 1990 junior Wimbledon and junior US Open. Paes was also a runner-up at the junior Australian Open.

The 34-year-old hails from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in India is the fourth Indian-origin to fly into space after Rakesh Sharma, Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams!

U.S. Embassy India on Twitter: "Happy #InternationalDayofHumanSpaceFlight!  This day is celebrated to recognize the beginning of the space era for  mankind. Special shout-out to #IndianAmerican astronauts Kalpana Chawla and Sunita  Williams. #USIndiaSpace @

We have been blessed to born in a nation where have many great women who bring us the hope that every girl has the potential to achieve whatever she wants to. They have risen to the top in their fields and are not only reminders of the legacy that they leave behind, but also guiding light of hope for future generations. In recent past we have been inspired by life journey of determined women from across India, make their presence felt in varied fields and their stellar achievements bring laurels to the nation. To name a few, such as Kalpana Chawla, Hima Das, Arunima Sinha, Mithali Raj, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Priyanka Chopra, Mary Kom, Indra Nooyi to name a few.

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Sirisha Bandla is all set to create a record by becoming the second India-born woman to fly into space post Kalpana Chawla. The 34-year-old hails from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in India. She moved to the United States at the age of four along with her family. She has been brought up in Houston. India-born Astronaut is all set to travel to space in VSS Unity’ of Virgin Galactic, which is scheduled to fly off on 11th July from New Mexico.  This is a monumental moment as she is all set to becoming the third woman of Indian origin to go to space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams.

Sirisha Bandla Show is the vice vice-president of government affairs at Virgin Galactic in Washington DC, will be accompanied with her boss and the group’s founder, billionaire Richard Branson and four others in the company’s spaceflight. She is also part of the researcher experience of Unity22 mission. Post Moving to the United States at the age of four along with her family, she pursued her graduation from the school of aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue University, Indiana. Bandla also holds a masters degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

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Bandla took to social media and wrote “incredibly honoured” to be part of the crew. “I am so incredibly honoured to be a part of the amazing crew of Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all,”

Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu also wrote words of appreciation to the astronautical engineer and quoted saying “Indian-origin women continue to break the proverbial glass ceiling and prove their mettle. On July 11th, Sirisha Bandla with Telugu roots is set to fly to space aboard VSS Unity with Richard Branson and the team marking the dawn of the new space age, making all Indians proud!”

founder of the Virgin Galactic company Richard Branson make it official that on June 2 that he will make a spaceflight on July 11, earlier than billionaire Jeff Bezos.The Amazon founder is also going to make a spaceflight onboard the New Shepard spaceship, which is scheduled for July 20. Confirming the news UK billionaire Richard Branson was quoted saying “I’ve always been a dreamer. My mum taught me to never give up and to reach for the stars. On July 11, it’s time to turn that dream into a reality aboard the next @VirginGalactic spaceflight.”

Abhimanyu Mishra of New Jersey broke GM Sergey Karjakin’s record that was standing for 19 years to become the youngest ever grandmaster.

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India is a sports-loving nation and has a special space in India. We are blessed to have Word class athletes and players who have produced so many great sportsmen in every sport. In the last few decades, we have seen the popularity of chess has been on a steady rise and one of the reasons being chess Grandmaster and former 5-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand. The legend success in the sport has helped in increasing the popularity of our country.  As per reports as of today, India ranks No. 4 in the world, and as 66 Grandmasters (only four countries have more). There are two Indians in the women’s top 10 and three Indian men in the top 25. India has been steadily winning multiple medals at world age-group championships every year.

Praggnanandhaa, Sarin, and now, Gukesh: Three new Grandmasters augur well  for Indian chess

Further approx. 70% of all adults in the country have played chess in their lives at some time or another. It is believed that chess originated from Chaturanga of ancient India and The All-India Chess Federation is the governing body for chess in India. In recent times, stand-up comedians have contributed significantly to the popularity of the sport. Playing chess online has helped that game where one can compete with high ranked players. It gives the flexibility to choose the quality of the opponent based on their world ranks.

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Meet the news child prodigy in the build, Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest chess grandmaster in history and is the new poster boy for the chess world. The 12-year-old hails from New Jersey broke the 19-year-old record set by GM Sergey Karjakin. Abhimanyu is 12 years and four months and broke the previous record held by Karjakin, who was 12 years and seven months when he got his GM norm.

Sergey Karjakin: The Ultimate Prodigy | chess24.com

Yesterday he won the biggest game of his career when he defeated the 15-year-old Indian GM Leon Luke Mendonca. While interacting with the media, Sergey Karjakin was quoted saying “Somehow I am quite philosophic about this because I felt like it has been almost 20 years and it is really too much! It had to be broken. Sooner or later, I was sure that it will happen. I was completely sure that one of the Indian guys would do it much earlier. Somehow I was very lucky that it didn’t happen.”

He further added, “Yes, I am a little sad that I lost the record, I don’t want to lie, but at the same time I can only congratulate him and it’s no problem. I hope that he will go on to become one of the top chess players and it will be just a nice start to his big career. I wish him all the best. I hope that he will go on to become one of the top chess players and it will be just a nice start to his big career. I wish him all the best.”

Abhimanyu has been stationed in Budapest, Hungary for some time and has to participate in back-to-back competitions, chasing the desire to win the titles and winning new records. He scored both his first and second GM norms there, at the April Vezerkepzo tournament and the May 2021 First Saturday tournament, both round-robins of 10 players specially set up for scoring norms.  GM norm is awarded when a player has a 2600 rating over nine rounds.

He first came into the limelight when he won the under-eight section of the 2016 Chess Kid Online National Invitational Championship (CONIC).  Previously Mishra becomes International Master at the age of 10 years, nine months, and three days. That was also a record as well, but today’s record is the one that truly resonates.

Mishra’s coach, GM Arun Prasad was quoted saying My congratulations to Abhi for this great achievement. He fully deserves this success, as I have seen all of his hard work first-hand. His father also deserves applause for all of the sacrifices he has made for Abhi to reach this milestone. Personally, this is a big moment to see my student become a GM!”

Deepika Kumari has made the whole nation proud and risen to the top of the women’s global archery rankings post her victory in Paris

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India is a sports-loving nation and has a special space in India. We are blessed to have Word class athletes and players which has produced so many great sportsmen in every sport. In recent times Indian women athletes have amazed us by breaking the gender barrier and created a niche which inspired the future generation. Players like Sania Mirza, Mary Kom, Mithali Raj, Saina Nehwal, Geeta Phogat, Sakshi Malik, Deepa Malik, PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Mithali Raj to name a few have reached the top against odds and also made us proud by being trailblazers the best game-changers we will ever know. They have taught us to look beyond gender stereotypes and paved the way to empower us all.

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Deepika Kumari is one of best ever archers in the country, who has taken the sport to another level. She has come a long way and living proof that all dreams can true if you put hard work towards achieving them. There was a time when she used to train from archery with equipment made out of bamboo. She hails from a very humble background; her father is an auto-rickshaw driver and her mother is a nurse at the Ranchi Medical College.

Kumari commenced her professional archery career way back in 2016 and decided to join the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur. The main reason to join the academy as Deepika Kumari while growing up had seen her parents struggle to make ends meet. But soon things started falling in place managed to join a state-run archery academy under join the Tata Archery Academy which provided free training facilities and equipment for underprivileged athletes.

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Soon things started falling in place as Deepika started making a mark the international stage. When she was 15, started winning two gold medals – one in the women’s individual recurve event and the other in the women’s recurve team event – at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.  She followed with winning gold medal in individual recurve at Antalya, Turkey in 2012. Post an uncharacteristically quiet two years, Deepika Kumari rediscovered her Midas touch in the Archery World Cup at Salt Lake City, USA in 2018. Luck shined on her and which also marked a shift in mentality for the Indian archer who had been working with a mental conditioning coach during her individual gold drought.   

She has been on fire and winning the bronze at the 2019 Asian championships and a gold at the 2021 World Cup in Guatemala City. Deepika Kumari has made the whole country proud with her astounding achievements in the field of archery.  gold medal at the Archery World Cup in Paris and Determined to win the medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Deepika Kumari working towards the goal and training very hard. Deepika Kumari today regained the number one position in global rankings post her hat-trick of gold medals at the World Cup Stage 3. World Archery had tweeted and wrote, “This is going to take Deepika to the number one spot in the world rankings on Monday,”

Indian faced little challenge in the competition in the absence of the world number one Korean who didn’t participate in the in the tournament. Deepika gave a constant performance in each of them, playing back-to-back four matches in less than five hours. Deepika first collective with Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari to clinched the women’s recurve team gold with a comfortable win over Mexico. She went on to partner with her husband Atanu Das and the couple went to defeat Netherland’s Sjef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloesser 5-3 for the gold medal.

As of now, in the World Cup had won the nine gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals. While interacting with the media, Deepika was quoted saying that “This is the first time I’ve won all three medals in a World Cup. I’m really happy but at the same time, I’ve to continue improving as we have some very, very important competitions lined up.” 

The 27-year-old from Ranchi has been conferred with the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri awards, Deepika Kumari is married to fellow Indian archer Atanu Das, and the two will compete together at the Tokyo Olympics.