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T20 Global League appoints Russell Adams as Tournament Director

T20 Global League appoints Russell Adams as Tournament Director

Adams’s mix of local and global experience brings strong direction to new T20 league

JOHANNESBURGCricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed the appointment of experienced sports management professional, Russell Adams, as the Tournament Director for the T20 Global League (#T20GL).

The Cape Town-born Adams, is well known to the global cricket fraternity, bringing years of international cricketing and sports management experience to the new #T20GL which will kick off in November this year.

Previous to this role, Adams has been based in India for the last nine years where he served as the Vice President of Commercial, Operations and Cricket Academy for theRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).Before this role, he worked as a consultant to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He has gained valuable event management experience working on all ten IPL tournaments, as well as the Champions League.

Adams is no stranger to the local cricket industry and has racked up impressive experience through stints with various South African sports teams. He has served as Cricket Manager at the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA), Team and Operations Manager of the Cape Cobras cricket franchise, and was appointed the Project Manager at Newlands Cricket Ground for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 South Africa tournament in 2007.

He also worked as Logistics Manager at the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.Prior to that Adams spent over 20 years on the ground as a club cricketer, coach, Secretary and Manager at WPCA.  

Adams who starts in his new role in August, is looking forward to returning to South Africa.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my career and to be given the opportunity to be part of the excitingT20 Global League,” said Adams.

“Although I’ve been working abroad for close to a decade now, I’ve always wanted to come back to South Africa and contribute positively to the sports and cricket environment in our wonderful country.”

“The T20 Global League is a unique opportunity for me to do just that and use my experience to further enhance and build a world class T20 competition,” concluded Adams.

“I want to congratulate Russell on his appointment. His experience over the last ten years with the IPL andhis qualifications and passion for the game makes him an ideal person for the job. We have every confidence in Russell and we are thrilled to have him as part of the T20 Global League senior team,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

With preparations for the T20 Global League firmly underway, the next key event is the player draft which is scheduled for 19 August 2017.

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About The T20 Global League

The T20 Global League is an international T20 cricket league based in South Africa. The T20 Global League will debut in the last quarter of 2017, with eight participating teams consisting of local and international cricket players. The eight T20 Global League franchises are privately owned and matches will be played across South Africa in the following cities: Benoni, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth.

Cricket South Africa, the national governing body of cricket in South Africa, are the owners of the T20 Global League.

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MDIS Article for Media

MDIS Article for Media

SINGAPORE: TAKING ENGINEERING EDUCATION TO THE NEXT LEVELSingapore – one of the leading countriesfor quality, transnational education in Asia, is an attractive choice for overseas education for international students. Engineering majors have a wide range of specialisations, offering diploma and undergraduate students a myriad of career opportunities worldwide. Indeed, job prospects in engineering are getting brighter and engineering graduates are highly sought after, feels DrThamYieng Wei the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

A dynamic Engineering sector in India

The Indian Engineering sector has witnessed a remarkable growth over the last few years driven by increased investments in infrastructure and industrial production. The engineering sector, being closely associated with the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, is of strategic importance to India’s economy.

India on its quest to become a global superpower has made significant strides towards the development of its engineering sector, appointingan Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) as the apex body in charge of promotion of engineering goods, products and services from India. Spending on engineering services is projected to increase to US$ 1.1 trillion by 2020.

The capital goods & engineering turnover in India stood close to US$ 125.4 billion towards the end of 2016 – 2017. India exports its engineering goods mostly to the US and Europe, and now also Japan and South Korea, as well as Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, which have recently emerged as major destinations for India’s engineering exports.

The engineering sector in India attracts immense interest from foreign players as it enjoys a comparative advantage in terms of manufacturing costs, technology and innovation. Coupled with favourable regulatory policies and growth in the manufacturing sector, foreign players have been encouraged to invest in India. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into India’s miscellaneous mechanical and engineering industries stood at around US$3,296.07 millionbetween April 2000 to December 2016, according to data released by the Department of Industries Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Why Singapore for an Engineering Education?

Local universities and Private Education Institutions (PEIs)in Singapore, alongside thegovernment provide numerous programmes and incentivesin promoting the field of engineering and developing talent for the industry. These measures include scholarships for local and international students to pursue higher education in engineering, new career paths for engineers, and a boost in the salaries of engineers as well as a clear career advancement roadmap.

Students from India can gain a quality, internationally accredited engineering degree in Singapore with top private education institutions.Just in April this year, Singapore was ranked No. 1 in all the test subjects of the Programme for International Student Assessment, ahead of school systems across Asia, Europe, Australasia and the Americas.

It may be a small country, but in higher education and research, Singapore is a big hitter. A whole series of global reports have recognized Singapore as a world leader in research and innovation over the past few decades. In recent years, it’s been ranked seventh in the 2015 INSEAD Global Innovation Index, third in IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Rankings and second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-15.

Within this context of global competitiveness and innovation, local universities andPEIs in Singapore are also gaining growing recognition in the global education market. Singapore’s two leading universities are now both ranked within the world’s top 15, and PEIs are offering quality internationally accredited academic programmesin partnership with top global universities. The city itself is ranked 14th in the QS Best Student Cities 2017, reflecting its combination of educational excellence, high quality of life, and diverse student community.

Engineering programmesoffered by local universities and PEIs provide a well-balanced combination of theory and practice, with well-equipped engineering labsand workshops, industry-standard machinery, and highly qualified and industry experienced teaching faculties.

An engineer’s training equips one to be a strategic systems thinker and a value creator. It also encompasses transferable skills like problem-solving, and numerical and analytical skills. These skills make engineers highly valued in non-engineering sectors too, opening career opportunities for them in finance and banking, even policy development.

.High-tech multinational companies based locally have leveraged the engineering talent base here. Seagate, a leader in storage solutions,has opened an R&D Centre for 500 researchers to focus on developing the next-generation 2.5-inch storage drives.Keppel Corporation, an offshore engineering company has established a corporate research laboratory with the aim to create new solutions while nurturing research engineers for the offshore industry. In addition, young engineering graduates are also increasingly drawn to joining or creating technology start-ups.

Such companies, including technology start-ups with their potential to grow globally, creates many rewarding career opportunities for young engineers willing to take up global challenges. Additionally, opportunities for engineering graduates will continue to grow as more investment is poured into research and more effort expended on technology commercialisation.

In a nutshell…

From a broader perspective, engineering helps make lives better. There’s no doubt that engineers play a crucial role in transforming the global economy and our society; and so, the right education and access to opportunitiescan set your ambitions to becoming a global engineer on the right path towards success.

(The author is the Head of School of Engineeringat MDIS)

Israeli Film Festival Images & News

Israeli Film Festival Images & News

Afula Express /1997/95min /hebrew/Director: Julie Shles(24.07.2017 – 6.15 pm)

David is a garage electrician, who dreamt all of his life of becoming a magician, but had no luck in it. His girlfriend Batya wants an ordinary life, but David is still looking for his dream, so he links up with Romanian immigrant Shimon, who is an expert magician. Awards: 7 wins & 7 nominations

Dr. Pomerantz /2011/88min /hebrew/Director: Assi Dayan      (25.07.2017 – 6.30 pm)

Doctor YoelPomerantz is a washed-up, self-loathing psychologist who lives on the 12th floor of a high-rise with his son, Yoav,who has Asperger’s syndrome. Yoav spends his days pretending to be a traffic cop and proudly giving out parking tickets. In addition, Dr. Pomerantz, works shifts at a suicide hotline.  Awards: 1 nomination

 Hill Start /ZinukBaAlia/2014/ 92min/hebrew/Dir:Oren Shtern      (25.07.2017 – 8.00 pm)

Ora is in a coma as the result of a car accident. As her children and other family members try to help her regain consciousness the viewer meets plastic surgeons, a wheelchair-bound marathon coach, a tough private investigator, a yoga instructor, a sensitive belly dancer and a big star in the Arab cinema.

Melting Away/Names Ba-geshem/2011/86min/Dir: DoronEran(26.07.2017 – 6.30 pm)

Shlomo discovers women’s clothing in his son Assaf’s room, and decides to punish him. When Assaf returns home, his attempts to enter the house fail. 4 years later, Gallia turns to an investigation agency to help her find her son Assaf and bring him to Shlomo, his father, who is dying of cancer. The insurance agencysends A private nurse to assist Shlomo’s at the hospital.  Awards:2 nominations

White Panther /PanterLavan/2013/89min /Dir: Danni Reisfeld(26.07.2017 – 8.00 pm)

In the 1990’s a million Jews arrived in Israel from the USSR. The immigrants were despised by the local population who feared their ‘invasion’. While many embraced the Israeli lifestyle, others chose to live in self-made Russian ghettos. These ghettos were a fertile ground for the creation of Jewish skinheads. ‘White Panther’ is the story of Alex, a young Russian immigrant who joins a skinheads’ gang, led by his older brother. An unexpected meeting with David, a religious Moroccan Jew, gives Alex a chance to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a boxer like his father. Alex finds himself torn between his two father figures – his violent older brother and his new Jewish trainer. Awards: 2 nominations

War for the Planet of the Apes-Lead Actor’s Interview

War for the Planet of the Apes-Lead Actor’s Interview

War For The Planet Of The Apes – Andy Serkis, Caesar

War For The Planet Of The Apes continues the wildly successful series of films that began with 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and 2014’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. In the wake of the viral outbreak that devastated much of the human population, the simian community has grown more and more powerful. But simmering tensions between the two species has begun erupting into conflict, and the ramifications will be dreadful for everyone…

Andy Serkis has developed a reputation for fantastic acting work both using digital performance capture in films such as the Hobbit trilogyand Star Wars and without it in everything from Avengers: Age Of Ultron to Wild Bill and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. For the modern Planet Of The Apes franchise, he has originated and brought incredible depth and heart to the main character, Caesar.

After encountering humans for the first time in years in Dawn, War finds Caesar locked in a conflict with the survivors, a battle that he doesn’t want to fight, but must to protect the future of his ape brethren. When tragedy strikes, an embittered, war-weary Caesar embarks on a mission of revenge, one that will forever change his life. Andy talks about finding this latest stage of Caesar’s journey, welcoming a new cast member and working with director Matt Reeves…

What’s new for you? And what’s new for Caesar?

Having played him all the way through from an infant to this point is that it’s like a boyhood, or in my case,apehood. The family continues, the saga continues. And Caesar continues to evolve.The problems that he facesin this movie are of a huge magnitude, really. What has been extraordinary about all of these movies as they’ve progressed is this incredible balance between the humans and the apes story. Caesar obviously straddles both worlds in many ways, because he was brought up with humans. He thought of himself as a human until that point in the first film where he was cast out and thrown in with the apes. And so, this dance between respect for humanity but primarily trying to help his own kind meantthat he had to discover the ape within himself in the first film. He is then all out to create a society, to create a community and a way forward for his ape kind, which we saw in the last film is now taken to greater lengths because of the bigger threats. And so, there’s much more jeopardy and he suffers much more personally in this. We see this is two years later on.



The ape community that was established and beginning to thrive in Dawn has been ravaged. Caesar has taken the life of an ape, Koba in the last film, which is something that he swore that he would never do, especially as part of his ape credo is, “ape shall not kill ape”. He finds himself now a commander, a leader that is starting again. There’s an exodus where the apes are beginning to move out of Muir Woods and he is about to leave that when this cataclysmic event happens that sends him off on a trajectory that he’s not expecting, which is much more about again losing, he loses himself, andhis internal compass. This film is very much about struggling to retain the hold on his moral compass because the events that are so personal and painful to him that he goes on a path of destruction. Through the help of the characters that he meets along the way, he manages to pull out of that nose dive, really. The character journey in this one is an amazing one.

It always seems as though he has to suffer and he has to deal with things…

Yes. It’s this constant balance between family and what you would do to defend your family and your kind. Versus the bigger picture and keeping this balance between both species so that everyone can survive. He feels that pressure.

On his journey this time, he meets Steve’s (Zahn) new ape character. He’s a loner, living in an old ski lodge?

That’s right. What’s extraordinary about that is that what he represents is a character that is not of their tribe. We realize that the effects of the virus we now know are much further ranging and that’s a shock to the apes of Muir Woods.

And does Caesar see something of almost a kindred spirit in Steve’s character?

Yes, he’s seen terrible destruction and he’s been to a very dark places. There’s a coming together. Caesar views him as a sort of an oddball that he comes across until this common ground is felt between them, which then does unite them. There’s this kind of moment where Caesar looks at him in a completely different light and he realizes that he’s been through what are the same sorts of tragedy that Caesar’s been through.

Steve is the new person in the performance capture gear. How has he been coming in?

It’s like water off a duck’s back to him! He’s just such a brilliant actor first, which is all that’s required. It’s nothing to do with anything apart from understanding your character and playing it and he’s terrific physical anyway. And he’s a great comedian. He’s perfectly suited for this role. I mean, he’s brought such a lot to it. It’s great working with him. He’s a theater actor, and there is that sense of kind of really vibing off the situation, with Matt’s excellent direction.

We’ve seen Steve play dramatic before. But this seems to be a different level from him. Would you agree?

Absolutely. What it requires from you as an actor is a big suspension of disbelief, but it’s also it’s very nuanced. I think as people become kind of savvy about what performance capture is they realize it isn’t just about pantomiming. It’s not just about hugephysical performances.

In terms of getting that, has the technology changed much from Dawn?

The process is much more streamlined. We come in in the mornings, we go and we get our gear on, which is very much streamlined. The facial cameras, they’re evolved. But in essence it’s the big leap was, I suppose,from Rise when we started to being able to shoot on location. That was significant. And it’s just it’s more robust since then, buteasier to move cameras around.

And you all keep setting yourself new challenges…

The beginning of Dawn was pretty challenging because we were in very, very wet conditions the first few days. Actually, for quite some, and then we were in New Orleans which was boiling hot. And this one is cold!

Is the scale bigger this time?

When you think about it, Rise was quite an intimate piece. It was in a domestic situation and then a slightly bigger family in the atrium with all of the other apes. Then Dawn grew, and built on that to a larger community. And now we’re in this situation where it’s huge landscape and epic.

And shot in 65mm?

It looks incredible in 65mm. It really does. I saw some camera tests and it’s gonna look phenomenal actually. Matt’s palette, and James Chinlund’s incredible designs and Mike Seresin of course as cinematographer. It’s just the combination of those three…

Is it nice being with Matt as director again?

He knows the story like the back of his hand. He writes with Mark Bomback and he knows them. Not only that, he’s quite a good actor himself in the sense that when he writes, he writes from the inside. When it comes to shoot as well, it’s very subtle in the direction that he gives and he creates space around the actors, which on films of this scale, you don’t always get. I’m so excited to be working with him again. I love his company and love his energy and he really is the real deal. He totally understands the metaphor of these movies in turn and he’s passionate about them. He’s smart as anything.

It sounds like he has a lot more rehearsal time than some other projects do. I mean, you have the time to really go in and you can keep shooting and finding things?

The joy of performance capture is that you can go back and you can hone it. And so, once you’ve got the plates and we shot all the environments, we inevitably have periods where we can go in. I mean, that seems to be the way now in performance capture. You can go in reiterating and revisiting moments, beats, shots, character, everything.

Suits 7 Chennai Screening-Images & News

Suits 7 Chennai Screening-Images & News

Suits Season 7: The Dream Team is back with more Cliffhangers!

After the dramatic end of Character and Fitness, in Season 6, Suits is back with more action, vigor and legal drama in Pearson Specter Litt. 

Season 7 swept us by the feet with cliffhanging twists in the plot and a lot more bromance between Harvey and Mike. 

  1. Someone’s becoming a Senior Partner, who is it?

While Jessica is gone and Harvey’s taking reigns in his hands, there is addition to the top management team of the firm. Totally unexpected and unthinkable, it will leave you gasping for more. 

  1. Harvey’s romantic life takes an unexpected turn 

Is Donna finally going to get ‘more’ from Harvey or will someone else sweep his heart away? There’s more to his love life than it was thought of. 

  1. Harvey and Mike, who will be the realist this time?

With Harvey in Jessica’s shoes and Mike attaining his new position, they both need emotional and mental support. It’s exciting to see who the bigger man becomes and gets the other one on track. 

  1. Rachel and Mike, where’s the cupid hiding? 

Last it was seen, Mike proposed to Rachel, but will that lead to wedding bells or has the cupid flown away? The dynamics of their relationship is more complex than every thought of. 

  1. What is more for Donna? 

Donna was shown asking for more. What is that more? Season 7 will answer your most curious questions in the most exciting manner. 

Don’t miss the Television Premiere of Suits Season 7, on Friday 14th July, 8 PM onwards only on Comedy Central – Your Happy Place! 

MDIS Conducts Charity Pizza Baking Event for children from less privileged background

MDIS Conducts Charity Pizza Baking Event for children from less privileged background

MDIS Conducts Charity Pizza Baking Event for children from less privileged background

Chennai, 12 July 2017: Management Development Institute of Singapore, the most sought after institute among Indian students wishing to pursue education abroad, is known for making the students industry ready by offering world-class education. The institute, apart from churning out students with great skills and talents, works towards ensuring that their students have a responsibility towards the society.

Giving back to the society has always been a cornerstone of MDIS’ charitable efforts. MDIS believes that good character and self-confidence among its students can strengthen when the students actively participate in social events, contributing their bit to the society. MDIS students have recently volunteered to help students and youth from less privileged backgrounds. Children aged between 7 and 14, mostly hailing less privileged background have been thought the art of making a pizza. The venue was MDIS Bakery (School of Tourism and Hospitality), where the children led by MDIS students learnt how to make a Pizza.

“It was a fun experience. Making the dough and rolling it out was the hardest part. I enjoyed putting the ingredients on my pizza. I can’t wait to bake my own pizza at home for my family to try,” said Sabrina BteRaimi, aged 10.

AkidRafiqi, a visibly-excited 7-year-old, shares, “I enjoyed making the pizza very much. I liked adding the toppings more so than rolling the dough. Pepperoni pizza is my favourite! I can now help myself prepare a meal when I’m alone at home”

The children, around 24 in number, were the beneficiaries from Beyond Social Services, a charitable organization dedicated to helping children and youths. “The event is a part of the community outreach we do in our immediate neighborhood. The children were taught how to creatively prepare pizzas, even substituting ingredients where needed,” MDIS said in a statement. Besides, the children also learnt about food and kitchen safety hygiene.

The purpose behind the event is to engage the children and youth in the community and spread goodwill among the beneficiaries. More so, such events provide them with basic food preparation skills so that they can prepare their own food at home in the absence of their parents.

This follows an earlier event – The MDIS Angel Heart Club Reading Programme – conducted in partnership with Beyond Social Services for school children age 10 and below in Queenstown. Every Wednesday, MDIS student volunteers from the ‘MDIS Angel Hearts Club’ dedicate their time to read to the children from the Beyond Services Reading programme. Every session, the Angel Heart Club student volunteers captivate the minds and expand the imagination of these young children. Before the end of the sessions, fun interactive games and activities are held for the children to enjoy.

Being the oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning, MDIS has always been aware of its role as a caring corporate citizen. The institute continues to conscientiously reach out to help out the needy and deserving.

NMAT by GMAC 2017-19: Exam Registration begin from July 4, 2017

NMAT by GMAC 2017-19: Exam Registration begin from July 4, 2017

NMAT by GMAC 2017-19: Exam Registration begin from July 4, 2017

Increased access:  Launched 20 new domestic and 4 international test centres

Simplified process: Multiple login methods and increased payment options

 New Delhi, July 4, 2017: In its endeavor to connect talent with right career opportunities, Graduate Management Admission Council today announced the commencement of registrations for NMAT by GMAC. Running in its third year the registrations are now formally open from July 4, 2017 to October 14, 2017. This year the registration process has been made further more candidate friendly with new features like ‘multiple login methods’ and ‘additional payment options’. Aspirants can register through to undertake the test.

Commenting on the launch Vikram Shah, Director, Product Management, GMAC said, “GMAC has always focused on the candidate’s test taking experience. NMAT by GMAC is the standardized GME test in India and offers a lot of benefits to the candidates to give them convenience and build their confidence in their journey for the management education in India. With the expanded test center network and the new features like the prep diagnostic report candidates will benefit immensely to pursue the management career of their choice through the NMAT by GMAC scores.”

Mr. Gaurav Srivastava, Regional Director, South Asia, GMAC said, “Over the years we have been seeing an increase in demand for the NMAT by GMAC exam amongst candidates which has resulted in a 17% growth in registration numbers. This year the NMAT by GMAC exam is going to go global by launching across four international locations. We believe that this will help the candidates from these countries the opportunity to apply to Indian schools that are using the NMAT by GMAC exam and they can take the test in their home country and need not travel to India to take the test.

4 International Test Centres

To further widen its reach, NMAT by GMAC has been made available in Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to boost diversity in classrooms.

 Multiple login methods

Further simplifying the registration process, NMAT by GMAC has introduced the multiple login options for candidates. Considering the increased adoption of social media tools, candidates will be able to register for NMAT by GMAC through Google, Facebook etc . The candidates will be able to use the auto generated One Time Password and even last year’s credentials to login and register for the exam.

Additional payment options

Candidates can now proceed with their payments through International credit card, UPI among other methods

20 new test centres in India

In order to ensure increased access and ease of students, 20 new test centers have been launched in India

Exclusive loan offers from HDFC Credila

 Qualifying students can avail customized loan offers from HDFC Credila for their management studies

The students will have to appear for three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. All the sections are individually timed with total time of 120 minutes. Candidates can write the exam from 55 conveniently located test centres in 35 cities in India.

Aspirants can appear three times for NMAT by GMAC in a year’s testing period and can reschedule their exam by visiting the official website of the exam over 75 days testing period.

The exam allows a candidate to choose the order in which he/she would like to respond to each of the sections on the test and self schedule the test date, time and location based on the availability of seats at each test centre. Aspirants can also register for the exam through their mobile.

NMAT by GMAC exam registered 17% growth in its test registration in 2016. Total registrations closed at 82,928 in 2016 compared to 70,950 in 2015.

The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is accepted by the following institutes: 

SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Bhubaneswar, Xavier School of Rural Management – Bhubaneswar,
Xavier School of Sustainability – Bhubaneswar, Xavier Faculty of management (Urban Management & Governance) – Bhubaneswar, MISB Bocconi, ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and other locations, Shiv Nadar University, Alliance University, VIT University, Amity University, Thapar School of Management, Woxsen School of Business Management, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University, SRM University, BML Munjal University and Mody University.


The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) assumed ownership and management of the NMAT exam in India from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in 2015. The exam has been retitled as the NMAT by GMAC™. Given the opportunity Indian management education marketplace offers, the step was taken to further build the study of management education locally, regionally and globally, and to make admissions accessible and successful for more candidates.

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India’s newest franchise sports league CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) is set for its inaugural season from July 13-30 2017 to promote and enhance the sport of table tennis in the country. After the positive impact of India Open 2017, held in New Delhi in February 2017, CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis aims to take the sport of table tennis to greater heights with support from Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) which has provided a dedicated window for the League. CEAT UTT is owned and developed by 11Even Sports Private Limited (ESPL), a Mumbai based company exclusively formed for the promotion and development of the game of Table Tennis in India. It will strive to be a world-class league that inspires the youth, entertains and engages fans, drives development at grassroots level and delivers value to all stakeholders. Unlike other major sporting leagues being run in the country currently like IPL and ISL, CEAT UTT will have club based franchises rather than city based franchises. The league will be broadcast live on Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2, Hotstar and JioTV.

Fast Facts
League Promoters – Vita Dani, Chairperson, 11Even Sports Pvt. Ltd. And Niraj Bajaj, Arjuna Awardee, 3 time National Table Tennis Champion and Promoter-Director, Bajaj Group of Companies

Top Men’s Player – World No.7 Wong Chun Ting, will play for DHFL Maharashtra United

Top Women’s Player – Han Ying of Germany, will play for Shazé Challengers

Inching closer to the much-anticipated inaugural edition of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis, India’s newest franchise-based professional sports league, 24 foreign players and 24 Indian players (both men and women) were drafted into six different franchises on June 9, 2017.

 Fast FactsLeague Promoters – Vita Dani, Chairperson, 11Even Sports Pvt. Ltd. And Niraj Bajaj, Arjuna Awardee, 3 time National Table Tennis Champion and Promoter-Director, Bajaj Group of Companies

Top Men’s Player – World No.7 Wong Chun Ting, will play for DHFL Maharashtra United

Top Women’s Player – Han Ying of Germany, will play for Shazé Challengers

Inching closer to the much-anticipated inaugural edition of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis, India’s newest franchise-based professional sports league, 24 foreign players and 24 Indian players (both men and women) were drafted into six different franchises on June 9, 2017.

Second highest ranked in the men’s category Marcos Freitas of Portugal will play for Dabang Smashers T.T.C and India’s face of table tennis Sharath Kamal who was among the major attractions in men will turn up for RP-SG Mavericks. Among the 24 foreign players, 21 of them are Olympians with iconic women players Han Ying of Germany and Wu Yang of China in the fray. Highest ranked women’s player Han Ying will play for Shazé Challengers while Wu Yang, the only player from China, will represent Falcons TTC

The list of foreign coaches includes former player Elena Timina, currently the coach of Dutch ladies table tennis team, Peter Engel, former Head Coach of Netherlands, IlijaLupulesku, current National Coach of the Serbian team, Francisco Santos who coached Joao Geraldo of Portugal to a bronze medal in singles and doubles at the European Youth Championships, Belgium national coach for men Ferenc Karsai as well as former Yugoslavia international Vesna Ojsteršek.

The six franchises are –
Dabang Smashers T.T.C by Mrs. Radha Kapoor Khanna of DolT Sports
RP-SG Mavericks co-owned by Mr. Sanjiv Goenka of RP-SG Group and Mr.Utsav Parekh
DHFL Maharashtra United by The Rajesh Wadhawan Group
Falcons TTC by the Consortium comprising of The Owners’ of I-league club “Chennai City Football Club” Mr.Rohit Ramesh (Shareholder Director of the The Hindu Group) and Mr.Krishnakumar R (Chartered Accountant and Entrepreneur) and Mr.RajuPoosapati and Mr. Krishna from Transend Sports League Private Limited.
Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas by Mr. Kapil Garg, Chairman and Managing Director, Oilmax Energy and Mr. Vivek Kohli of Stag International
Shazé Challengers by Vivek Bhargava, CEO, DAN Performance Group 

(L to R) Manika Batra of Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas, Aruna Quadri of Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas, Sabine Winter of RP-SG Mavericks, Sharath Kamal Achanta of RP-SG Mavericks, Marcos Freitas of Dabang Smashers T.T.C. and Madhurika Patkar of Dabang Smashers T.T.C.pose for a photograph during the press conference of the Ultimate Table Tennis League, held in Chennai, India on July 09, 2017.
Photo : Pal Pillai/ Focus Sports/ Ultimate Table Tennis
(L to R) Sanil Shetty of Falcons TTC, Wu Yang of Falcons TTC, Han Ying of Shaze Challengers, Soumyajit Ghosh of Shaze Challengers, Wong Chun Ting DHFL Maharashtra United, Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar of DHFL Maharashtra United, pose for a photograph during the press conference of the Ultimate Table Tennis League, held in Chennai, India on July 09, 2017.
Photo : Pal Pillai/ Focus Sports/ Ultimate Table Tennis


Dates: July 13 to 30, 2017

Cities: Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. The first two legs will be held in Chennai (July 13-20) and Delhi (21-25) before CEAT UTT shifts base to Mumbai (26-30) for the Finale.

Format: The event will be played in an interesting format where each team will play nine matches in a Tie with each match comprising 3 Games. Consequently, each Tie shall comprise 27 Games. Each game shall have players competing with each other to score 11 points first, meaning in the event that scores are level at 10-all then the 11th point will be a Golden Point and shall decide the winner. Whichever individual/pair scores 11 points and is termed as the winner of each Game shall receive one point towards the Team’s total for each such game that is won. The winning team in a Tie shall be decided by the number of total games won i.e. total points won in the relevant Tie. The Team that wins 14 or more Games out of the 27 Games shall be the Winner of that respective Tie.

The top four Teams from the League Table will qualify for the Play-Off Ties. The Play-Off Ties will comprise two semi-finals. The victorious Team from each of the semi-finals shall compete in the Final to determine the UTT champions for the inaugural season.

Each franchise will comprise of a combination of overseas and Indian players- four men and four women, along with one Indian and one International Coach each.

International Baccalaureate Results Day: Graduates Worldwide Celebrate

International Baccalaureate Results Day: Graduates Worldwide Celebrate

More than 159,400 IB Diploma Programme students around the world will receive their May 2017 exam results today. This marks a 6.42 percent increase compared with last year. The average diploma score this year sits at 29.95 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 218 students achieving a perfect score.

IB Results Day: Graduates Worldwide Celebrate

SINGAPORE, 7 JULY 2017 – Today more than 159,400 Diploma Programme (DP) students around the world will receive their results from the May 2017 examination session.

This marks a 6.42 percent increase compared with last year, and they join a community of more than 1.7 million DP graduates in 143 countries worldwide. These students received an average diploma score of 29.95 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 218 students achieving a perfect score.

“To all Diploma Programme graduates in our May 2017 session, to their IB teachers and IB Coordinators, our heartiest congratulations” said Dr Siva Kumari, Director General of the IB. “Every six months, we are extraordinarily privileged to witness what you have collectively achieved to meet some of the highest international learning standards in education. The IB’s preparation for entry to higher education is second to none and, in recognition of this, the world’s finest universities welcome DP graduates as academically well-prepared humanists, who will make mindful contributions to our world today and in years to come.”

“These effects are also confirmed by independent studies, so we know that the IB increases students’ academic achievement, and the probability of high school graduation and college enrolment. Other independent studies prove that our students are well-prepared to succeed in post-secondary study. And, perhaps most importantly, they are set to make important and inspiring contributions to their communities, and will help achieve the IB’s mission of education for a better world. I wish them all good luck and best wishes for a future we know they will tackle with energy and ingenuity.”

In this first session of 2017, more than 577 600 examination papers —the largest number since the introduction of the Diploma Programme in 1968— were processed in 79 languages. Examiners across the world worked together to establish accurate, internationally-benchmarked grading criteria across subjects, and ensure consistency throughout the evaluation process.

IB Chief Assessment Officer, Paula Wilcock, says: “I am delighted to offer my best wishes to all those students receiving their results following a strong commitment to learning and a great deal of hard work. I would also like to thank the many IB examiners from all over the world who work tirelessly to ensure we deliver those results. As we evolve and innovate our assessment practices to give students the best possible experience, I continue to be inspired and motivated by the many professionals who support us in those endeavours.”

 About International Baccalaureate

Founded in 1968 the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For close to 50 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than 1,4 million IB students attend 4,656 schools in 152 countries. To learn more, please visit

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