Kolkata, Nov 1 (PTI) Former India coach Anil Kumble is in the running for the Coach of the Year award in the inaugural edition of the Indian Sports Honours, instituted by the RP-SG Group in association with the foundation of skipper Virat Kohli. Kumble, who had an unceremonious exit as India coach after differences with Kohli, is competing with Bisheshwar Nandi (gymnastics), Balwan Singh (kabaddi), Harendra Singh (hockey) and Vijay Davecha (golf) for the award. The nominations were announced today. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Mumbai on November 11. There are eight categories including sportsman of the year which has pitted cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya against each other. They will fight it out with kabbadi player Pardeep Narwal, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and hockey star Rupinder Pal Singh. The jury is chaired by former all-England champion and chief national badminton coach Puellela Gopichand, and also comprises multiple Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi, legendary sprinter PT Usha, former world number one shooter Anjali Bhagwat and former India hockey captain Arjun Halappa. Terming this an “authentic” sports award, Bhupathi said: “Having an award at the end of a season not only inspires youth but recognises the past players. Its exciting to have an authentic sport award in the country. I dont think we have one. It will definitely create an aspiration to achieve more.” The eight categories also include sportswoman of the year award in team sport where Indian hockey stars Deepika Thakur , Rani Rampal and cricketers Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are vying for honours. The finalists for the sportswoman of the year award in individual sport are Olympic silver and bronze medalist duo of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar, athlete Lalita Babar and tennis ace Sania Mirza. For the male category in individual sport, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, cue sports ace Pankaj Advani, golfer SSP Chawrasia, and in-form shuttler Kidambi Srikanth are the finalists in the race for the best sportsperson of the year award. In the team event category, the Indian junior hockey team, the senior cricket, hockey and kabaddi teams and womens cricket and hockey teams vie for the top award. The other categories are Emerging Sportswoman of the year ? Aditi Ashok (golf), Ritu Phogat (wrestling), Smriti Mandhana (cricket); and Emerging sportsman of the year ? Harmanpreet Singh (hockey), Neeraj Chopra (athletics), Ramkumar Ramanathan (tennis), Sameer Verma (badminton) and Vidit Santosh Gujarathi (chess). PTI TAP AT ATadvertisement
Looks like Samsung will be starting year 2018 with a bang. The company is expected to launch not only its flagship Galaxy S9 phone, which could come as early as January, it will also possibly launch the new and updated Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ (or should we call it Galaxy S8 Plus) to take on the likes of the Nokia 8 and the OnePlus 5T . While the Galaxy S9 is expected to be an entirely new phone according to leaks and rumours so far, the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ will be like poor man’s Galaxy S8.A number of rumours and leaks have surfaced about these three phones. The most substantial of these is the leak of Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ manual, which tells a lot about these two phones. This user manual was uploaded on the official Samsung website but once its details surfaced in news, it was taken down. So let’s summarise each of them.Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+– The design shown in the leaked manual hints that the new Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ are going to come with the infinity display, similar to what Samsung put in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in 2017. It makes sense. This year the infinity display was cutting edge technology. But in 2018, it is only logical that Samsung will try to bring it down to more affordable phones, which the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ are going to be relatively. However, for now the screen-size and the resolution of the screen is not known, but it is almost certain that the two phones will use AMOLED panel.advertisement– The processor, amount of RAM and total storage is something not known so far.– The leaked manual hints that the Galaxy A8 and the A8 Plus variant will come with dual front cameras, which will also offer portrait mode during selfies.– On the back, there will be single camera. The make and resolution of the camera is not yet known. The rear cover also has a fingerprint sensor, similar to what we have seen in the Galaxy S8.Also Read: Phone with fingerprint sensor under display to launch in January, could be Samsung Galaxy S9– The two phones will come with USB-C port and with the regular 3.5mm headphone jack.– Support for SD card will be offered. Also, the dual-SIM card feature is almost certain to be there in the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ (2018).– The Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ will be launched with Android Nougat.– The phones are likely to be launched at Samsung Global or Asia Forum, that the company holds usually after January. These two phones are expected to cost under Rs 40,000 given the fact that they are part of A series processor and will compete with the likes of the OnePlus 5T.Galaxy S9– This is going to be the flagship Android phone for Samsung in the year 2018.– The Galaxy S9, just like the S8, will come packed with the latest technologies of the day. This means it is going to be powered by the recently-announced Snapdragon 845 in some markets whereas in other markets, most notably in India, the phone will use a comparable Exynos processor.– The latest rumours suggest that the Galaxy S9 will come with single rear camera, and may offer features like portrait mode through AI-driven software.– Leaked schematics spotted on Weibo suggest that the Galaxy S9 could keep the fingerprint sensor below the rear camera rather than next to it as was the case with the Galaxy S8. This should please a lot of people who found the placement of the sensor on the S8 troubling as it would often cause accidental touches on the camera. — The scematics also suggest a slightly smaller form factor, which could be possible as rumours have suggested that the Galaxy S9 will sport narrower bezels for a larger display compared to the Galaxy S8.– It is certain that the Galaxy S9 will have at least 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Recently Samsung noted that it has started manufacturing 512GB storage modules, and chances are that the company may put them in the Galaxy S9 before it sells them to other phone makers.– The Galaxy S9 is likely to launch with Android Oreo, customised by Samsung with its touchwiz user interface.– Just a day ago Synaptics said that it has made a fingerprint sensor that can go under the screen and said that a top phone maker will launch a phone using this technology in January. It is possible that this phone maker is Samsung and the phone in question is Galaxy S9.advertisement– The Galaxy S9 is going to be a top-end phone with price to match. It is likely to be shown in January, although the formal launch may happen in February.