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Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet Kaur

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first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 14:51 IST Harmanpreet Kaur said she and Mithali Raj don’t have any problem between them (@WorldT20 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarmanpreet Kaur said that the ‘issues should not have been highlighted so much’Harmanpreet insisted that Ramesh Powar instilled a sense of belief in the playersHarmanpreet said she is excited about to playing under newly-appointed coach WV RamanIndia women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur in a recent interview has come to quash rumour of a growing rift between her and her ODI counterpart Mithali Raj.Harmanpreet said that she had no problems with Mithali, after the latter was dropped from the playing XI for the semi-final in the World T20 against England.”I have met [Mithali] and spoken to her after all these events and we seemed to have moved on. I don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali. I can speak for myself. You have to speak to her and ask if she has a problem with me,” Harmanpreet told Mumbai Mirror.”When you play at an international level, you are mature enough to not let these things affect you. At the end of the day, what matters is you are playing for your country. A team is like a family where there are troubles and such issues keep cropping up, but they shouldn’t be taken personally,” she added.When asked about what happened in West Indies and in hindsight would the team react differently to the chain of events, Harmanpreet said that the ‘issues should not have been highlighted so much’.”No player is bigger than the team. When a team is doing well, all the members have to think on these lines only. I still feel that the situation should not have come to this but sometimes such things happen. I don’t think the issues should have been highlighted so much. But everyone has their personal views and I won’t comment on that,” Harmanpreet said.SadvertisementHarmanpreet Kaur explained how Ramesh Powar, the Indian coach during the whole fiasco, had instilled a sense of belief in every member of the squad and his contribution in India reaching the semi-final.”Earlier our team was too dependent on senior players. The thinking was that the senior players had to take all the workload. But during the recent ICC T20 World Cup, coach Ramesh Powar told all of us that each and every player in the team is not only equal but equally important. He met all the players individually and gave clear message to them. In the three earlier editions of the T20 World Cup before this one in West Indies, we were not able to reach even the semis. After those chats, the players realised their importance. These one-on-one sessions went a long way in how we performed.But of course, there are areas where we are lagging. Like we are starting tournaments well but are not able to win tournaments. I think we are lacking a bit of mental stability during the knock-out phases. We have to work on this area specifically if we want to win big tournaments,” Harmanpreet said.With Powar no longer in charge and WV Raman in charge, Harmanpreet said she knows thenew coach and is looking forward to working with him.I had met Raman sir at the National Cricket Academy a couple of times. I know he comes with a lot of experience. I have heard from several people about Raman sir’s technical and tactical acumen. I think these things will help the team.Harmanpreet was recently named the captain of the ICC T20I Team of the Year 2018, when asked how it felt, she said she was happy.”I am really happy about it. To be honest, I had never thought about it. I had always wanted the team to do well in the T20 format. We were doing well in the 50-over game but this year we have done well in the T20 format also. This reward is both recognition of how well the team has done and also a motivation for the future,” Harmanpreet said.Also Read | Manipulative, lying, cheat: Mithali Raj’s manager lashes out at Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur retained as India captains for tour of New ZealandAlso Read | Meet India women cricket team’s new coach WV Raman: A gutsy, no non-sense cricketerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Mithali RajFollow India women’s cricket team Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet KaurHarmanpreet Kaur said she did not have any problems with Mithali Raj and that she has met her after the controversyadvertisementlast_img read more

UN warns of climate changes potentially dire impact on food security

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31 March 2011The effects of slow-onset climate change are expected to have “potentially catastrophic” impact on food production in developing countries in future, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, calling for action to mitigate the adverse consequences. “Currently the world is focused on dealing with shorter-term climate impacts caused mainly by extreme weather events,” said Alexander Müller, the FAO Assistant-Director General for Natural Resources, in a submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“This is absolutely necessary, but ‘slow-onset’ impacts are expected to bring deeper changes that challenge the ecosystem services needed for agriculture, with potentially disastrous impacts on food security during the period from 2050 to 2100. Coping with long-term changes after the fact doesn’t make much sense. We must already today support agriculture in the developing world to become more resilient,” said Mr. Müller.In its submission, FAO outlines steps that governments could consider in climate change negotiations to ensure that food security is not threatened. The agency recommends that food security be used as an indicator of vulnerability to climate change, saying that agriculture systems and the ecosystems it depends on are highly sensitive to climate variability and climate change.Changes in temperature, precipitation and related outbreaks of pest and diseases can reduce production, with poor people in countries that depend on food imports particularly vulnerable, according to FAO. “If we’re looking to assess vulnerability to climate change, it makes very good sense to look at food security as one important indicator,” said Müller.FAO suggests that global climate change adaptation mechanisms include greater attention to risks arising from slow-onset impacts of climate change, particularly the effect on food security.A key measure highlighted in the FAO submission is the need to develop staple food varieties that are better adapted to future climatic conditions. Plant genetic material stored in gene banks should be screened with future requirements in mind, and additional plant genetic resources – including those from wild relatives of food crops – should be collected and studied because of the risk that they may disappear, FAO recommends.Climate-adapted crops such varieties of major cereals that are resistant to heat, drought, submergence and salty water, the agency suggests, stressing this should be done in ways that respect breeders’ and farmers’ rights, in accordance with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. read more