Best eBook Reader For Students, 2011

Today, the eBook reader is ubiquitous. You have the iPad, the Kindle, the Nook, Sony eReader and a host of others. There is an ongoing war between all of these the eReaders for market dominance and kind of set the stage for which one becomes the dominant player in the market. This war has moved into the classroom and the device that becomes accepted as the ideal gadget for the classroom will definitely become the cash cow for the company that owns it. Below are some of the devices that could someday become a part of every students backpack.

The Kindle
Amazon has different varieties of the Kindle that are targeted to different demographics with different price points. The idea is to have a Kindle that will appeal to every segment of the market. Depending on the type, it can hold approximately between 1500 to 3500 books. It can wirelessly connect to the internet and download books. The Kindle can download word documents and PDF wirelessly and so far has been the Jewel of Amazon. It has sold well and a lot of people are happy with its functions.

The Nook
The Nook is the eReader from Barnes and Noble. Like the Kindle it can also hold about 1500 books, has an excellent color touch screen that is easy on the eyes, and you can download books in seconds to your Nook. It has a unique future that allows users to be able to swap books with friends or with a network that they belong to such as a book club.

The Nook also functions as an mp3 player and can be used to listen to audio books. Other futures the Nook has include making notes, highlighting pages, marking text on your pages as you read and looking up words.

The iPad
The iPad is a major game changer in the area of ​​eReaders. With the launch of the iPad Apple put a wrench in the market for other eReaders. It is a full computer that comes as a light and flat gadget. It has a large touch screen color display, a virtual keyboard and a very user friendly interface. When you are reading a book or magazine, the display is very book like and you can actually flip the pages on the screen as you would on a physical book.

Apple has had a long relationship with education as its earlier computers like the MAC have more or less become the standard in schools for decades. They have a huge advantage over other eReader in that this product can easily sync with a student's PC in a plug and play manner. Apple also has the advantage of the iTunes, which is a platform where books, magazines, videos, music and lectures can be easily downloaded.

This gadget connects easily to Apple App store, so that Apps available for the iPhone can be used for it. A good example is the iBook App which is the application that makes it possible for the iPad to function as an eReader. It is predicted that in the next few years, due to its cross functionality as a full fledged personal computer; the iPad will be what will be found in most students back pack.

Carrying textbooks to class each day is one of the biggest problems that students face. With the iPad, more than a truck load of textbooks can be stored in the form of eBooks, freeing up space in the students backpack and preventing back strain. The environment will also benefit as fewer trees will be chopped down to make textbooks and the issue of storage for outdated books will cease to exist.

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Alternatives To Cable TV: Apple TV

Starting with the Apple II, continuing on to the iPod, and advancing to the iPhone Apple has been the leader in creating revolutionary technology for decades. Now they are continuing this trend with the Apple TV streaming media player. This device brings the same features we have come to expect from Apple for decades. The Apple TV provides access to most of the top media apps available like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Combine that with the way Apple TV seamlessly integrates with iTunes allowing you to play all of your downloaded music and video through your television, as well as integrate it with all of the other Apple devices in your Apple ecosystem. These features make one of the alternatives to cable TV: Apple TV worth considering for anyone that has decided to get rid of cable.

The Good
The selection of channels on Apple TV is pretty decent hitting most of the major ones like Netflix, Hulu +, HBO Go, and others. Additionally you can download and watch or listen to anything available on the iTunes store as well as your personal iTunes library. The interface is extremely easy to read and navigate so it will not be difficult to find what you are looking for.

Apple TV can also quickly use home sharing in order to connect to your MAC / iPhone / iPod touch and playback the video with AirPlay technology. The software also includes reliable iCloud support, which can allow you to look into all of your photos through the Photo Stream. You can also stream music from the iCloud with your subscription, subscription and personalization feature that allows you to use one of your photographs as the screensaver for the device.

The Bad
Apple TV provides you with the quality you have come to expect from Apple products but it is not without its flaws. The Apple TV misses a few channels and services that some people may want. Channels like Amazon Prime and Pandora Radio are pretty glaring omissions that are motivated by business rather than user experience. Rathermore, unlike Roku 3 you can not add any channels other than those Apple provides the device making its customization options virtually non-existent; essentially it is Apple's way or the highway.

Some people like the slim remote control but I found that it is so small and thin that it is difficult to manipulate and easy to lose. It also does not have a clear home button so for a long time I thought you had to press the menu button several times in order to get back to the main menu; it was only by accident that I ended up discovering that holding down the menu button would end up taking you back to the home screen. This was probably in the instruction manual, but who reads those?

With my Apple TV I found that it was just generally unreliable. I will be watching a program and it will randomly just go back to the main menu. No error, no warning or freezing Just one minute in the middle of an episode of True blood the next minute the main menu, which is already frustrating but even more so when you realize it has no recollection of where you were and you have to fast forward to pick up where you left off. Playback in general is just not very smooth and it looks like it has a weak WiFi receiver as it will constantly pause to buffer or freeze and say it can not play the currently selected product. The Roku 3 in the same place, in the same room, playing the same content did not have these issues, and a Google search shows that it is a very common complaint with no solutions other than "Reboot the device" or "Upgrade the firmware" "He said.

If you are someone that owns numerous Apple devices and are committed to the Apple ecosystem Apple TV will easily integrate with everything else. With Airplay, iTunes, and home sharing you will have more than enough access to all of your Apple device content and if that is what is important to you then you will probably enjoy the Apple TV as an alternative to cable TV. However in my opinion that is the one, and only one place the Apple TV is better than the Roku 3. The Roku 3 gives you a better channel selection, a more functional remote control, and more reliable performance … all for a lower price. If you are looking for alternatives to cable TV: Apple TV can play content from your media servers is the device for you but overall I just can not recommend it and suggest you spend your money on a second Roku 3 instead.

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PM Modi Clears India’s Stand As Maldives Worries About Loot In Chinese Boom

PM Modi and Ibrahim Mohamed Solih agreed the two countries would be mindful of each other’s concerns


As the new president of the Maldives took office on Saturday, he declared that the state coffers to have been looted and warned that the country was in financial difficulty after racking up debt with Chinese lenders in an infrastructure boom. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the highest ranking foreign visitor at the ceremony held in a soccer stadium in the capital Male, told President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih that India stood ready to help the country through its economic difficulties, the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement following their meeting.

The Maldives, famous for its luxury resorts on palm-fringed islands, is the latest in a number of small countries where China has invested millions of dollars building highways and housing as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.

But these projects have left the country of just over 400,000 people in debt and prompted calls for investigations into how contracts were awarded to Chinese companies during the previous administration.

“As I take over the presidency, the state’s financial situation is precarious. The damage done due to projects conducted only for political reasons, and at a loss, are huge,” said Mr Solih in a speech soon after he was sworn in as president.

Mr Solih, a veteran lawmaker, won the presidential election in September as a joint opposition candidate against president Abdullah Yameen, a strongman who steered the country closer to China and faced international pressure over imprisoning political rivals.

“The state coffers have lost several billions of rufiyaa (local currency) due to embezzlement and corruption conducted at different levels of the government,” Mr Solih said.

He said it wasn’t clear how much the state had lost. His transition team said this week it would conduct a forensic audit of deals sealed by the Yameen administration, many of them with Chinese state firms.

The big worry for Mr Solih’s team is the debt the country has run up with Chinese lenders for projects such as a mile-long sea bridge connecting the airport to the capital, the airport expansion itself and massive housing projects on reclaimed islands.

Mr Solih’s transition team said it had been told the country owed $1.5 billion to Chinese lenders, but fear it could be much higher. Even a debt of $1.5 billion would be more than a quarter of the country’s annual gross domestic product.

India, which has long been the Maldives’ main political and economic partner, had grown concerned that China’s expansive diplomacy was aimed at establishing an outpost on the islands.

China has already gained a strong foothold in Sri Lanka, just off the southern coast of India, where it has a built a port and now controls it in a debt-for-equity swap. With Mr Solih’s win, India hopes it will be able to win back a country it considered as part of its area of influence.

PM Modi and Mr Solih agreed the two countries would be mindful of each other’s concerns and the need for stability in the Indian Ocean, the Indian foreign ministry said in the statement.

China has said it hoped there would be continuity in policies during Mr Solih’s presidency and it would create good conditions for Chinese firms.

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Telangana man shot dead by 16-year-old in US

Telangana man shot dead by 16-year-old in US

Sunil Edla was fatally shot by the minor boy outside his residence in Ventnor City in New Jersey.

Sunil was to travel to India later this month to visit his family. (Photo: Facebook)

Sunil was to travel to India later this month to visit his family. (Photo: Facebook)


  • Teen shot Sunil and escaped with his car when he was leaving for night shift
  • Sunil died on the spot, while the police tracked the boy and arrested him
  • Teen charged with murder, robbery, carjacking, unlawful possession of a handgun

A man from Telangana was shot dead by a 16-year-old boy in the United States in a carjacking incident, according to information received by his relatives on Saturday.

Sunil Edla, 61, was fatally shot by the minor boy outside his residence in Ventnor City in New Jersey at around 8 pm on November 15 (local time).

Sunil, hailing from Medak district of Telangana, was working as night auditor in hospitality industry in Atlantic City.

According to local media reports, Sunil was leaving his home to work the overnight shift when the teen shot him and escaped with his car. The victim died on the spot.

The police on Friday tracked the boy and arrested him. He has been charged with murder, robbery, carjacking, and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Sunil, who had migrated to the US in 1987, was to travel to India later this month to visit his family.

According to his relatives, he had made all arrangements for two-month trip visit his mother for her 95th birthday and celebrate Christmas with the family.

Sunil was active in the community and was also known for playing piano at churches in Atlantic City.

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ICC Women's World T20: Smriti Mandhana heroics help India crush Australia and top Group B

ICC Women’s World T20: Smriti Mandhana heroics help India crush Australia and top Group B

Smriti Mandhana scored a career-best 83 to power India to a 48-run over Australia and finish the group stage of the ICC Women’s World T20 unbeaten.

Smriti Mandhana scored a career-best 83 off just 55 balls

Smriti Mandhana powered India to their highest-ever total against Australia in any T20 World Cup (@WorldT20 Photo)


  • On the way to her career-best 83, Smriti Mandhana also reached 1000 T20I runs
  • Harmanpreet Kaur played a handy knock of 43 off 27 deliveries
  • Anuja Patil picked 3 wickets while Deepti Sharma, Radha and Poonam Yadav picked 2 wickets each

India defeated Australia by 48 runs in their last group match at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday. With the win, India finished unbetan and on top of group B.

Chasing 167/8, Australia never looked in contention as they lost regular wickets to bundle out for 119 in 19.4 overs.

Ellyse Perry was the highest scorer for Australia with 39 runs in 28 balls.

Ashleigh Gardner (20) and Beth Mooney (19) also got tg the starts but failed to covert it into a big knocks.

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Alyssa Healy was absent hurt following a collision with Megan Schutt in the Indian innings.

For India, Anuja Patil took three wickets while Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav took two wickets each.

Earlier, opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s knock helped India women post 167/8 before suffering a batting collapse.

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While Smriti smashed 83 runs off just 55 deliveries, Harmanpreet contributed 43 runs to take their side to a good total.

The Indian eves kept on losing wickets at regularly but it was the 68-run partnership between the Indian skipper and the opener which took them to a fighting total in their last group game, as India have already booked a semi-final berth.

For Australia, medium pacer Ellyse Perry scalped three wickets for just 16 runs.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Trump to discuss Khashoggi murder with CIA, Pompeo

Trump briefed on Khashoggi murder by CIA, Pompeo

WASHINGTON/Beale Air Force Base (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, while flying to California on Saturday, was briefed on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after a CIA assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, the White House said.

Trump discussed the CIA assessment by phone with the agency’s director, Gina Haspel, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

The CIA had briefed other parts of the U.S. government, including Congress, on its assessment, sources told Reuters on Friday, a development that complicates Trump’s efforts to preserve ties with the key U.S. ally.

A source familiar with the CIA’s assessment said it was based largely on circumstantial evidence relating to the prince’s central role in running the Saudi government.

The CIA’s finding is the most definitive U.S. assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia’s de factor ruler directly to the killing and contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House before flying to California, also reiterated that he had been told the crown prince had not played a role in the journalist’s death.

“We haven’t been briefed yet,” Trump said. “We will be talking with the CIA later and lots of others. I’ll be doing that while I’m on the plane. I’ll be speaking also with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

Khashoggi, a U.S.-based Washington Post columnist and critic of the crown prince, was killed in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he went there to pick up documents he needed for his planned marriage.

As lawmakers push legislation to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing, both Republican and Democratic senators on Saturday urged Trump to be tough on the crown prince, with whom he has cultivated a deep personal relationship.

“Everything points to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, MbS, ordering @washingtonpost journalist Jamal #Khashoggi’s killing. The Trump administration should make a credible determination of responsibility before MbS executes the men who apparently carried out his orders,” tweeted Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Saturday.

Trump and top administration officials have said Saudi Arabia should be held to account for any involvement in Khashoggi’s death and have imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis for their role in the killing.

But they have also stressed the importance of Washington’s ties with Riyadh, one of the biggest clients of the U.S. defense industry. Trump wants to preserve the Saudi arms deals, despite growing opposition in Congress.

“They have been a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” Trump said. “As president, I have to take a lot of things into consideration.”

Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted on Saturday that the kingdom plays a key military role for the United States in the Middle East.

“Saudi Arabia has been an important partner to regional security in the past, I expect they will be in the future,” he said at a security forum in Halifax, adding Middle Eastern allies including Saudi Arabia are “a stabilizing force in the region.”

On Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said he was seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged in the killing of Khashoggi.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to California, November 17, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The prosecutor, Shaalan al-Shaalan, told reporters the crown prince knew nothing of the operation, in which Khashoggi’s body was dismembered and removed from the consulate. Saudi officials have said a team of 15 Saudi nationals were sent to confront Khashoggi and he was accidentally killed in a chokehold by men who were trying to force him to return to the kingdom.

Lawmakers critical of Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s killing and its role in Yemen’s civil war are ramping up their efforts to clamp down on the country.

“Trump must accept (for once) his intelligence experts’ incontrovertible conclusion: Crown Prince MBS is culpable for Khashoggi’s monstrous murder. This brazen killing must have consequences — sanctions, prosecution, removal of MBS & others, not continued cover-up, enabled by Trump,” tweeted Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal on Saturday.

Reporting by Makini Brice, Pete Schroeder and Idrees Ali; Editing by Mary Milliken and Nick Zieminski

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French protesters rail against Macron's fuel taxes with road blocks

French protesters rail against Macron’s fuel taxes with road blocks

PARIS (Reuters) – Thousands of French protesters hit out at higher fuel taxes and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies in demonstrations across motorways on Saturday, sparking major logjams and several accidents, including a fatality at one road blockade.

Dozens of people were also injured, as drivers tried to get around stoppages, after protesters in a grassroots protest movement dubbed the “yellow vests” took to motorway sliproads, tunnel entrances or airport access roads.

The demonstrations, coordinated on social media, were born out of a backlash against higher fuel prices, and echo complaints over a perceived squeeze in spending power and mounting dissatisfaction with Macron, who some view as out of touch with ordinary people.

At a blockade in the southeastern department of Savoie, a driver panicked when protesters surrounded her car and she accelerated, hitting and killing a female demonstrator, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

At least 106 people were injured across the country, including five seriously, according to the interior ministry, which by mid-afternoon estimated that around 244,000 demonstrators were taking part in Saturday’s protests.

Thirty-eight people were taken into custody.

Police used tear gas to clear the entrance to a tunnel under the Mont-Blanc mountain in the Alps, as well as to try and push back demonstrators gathering near the Elysee Palace in Paris and in the city center of Lyon.

Protesters chanted “Macron, resign” and some sported slogans such as “give us back our purchasing power” on the back of the yellow high-visibility vests, which have come to symbolize the movement.

People wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, gather on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, November 17, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

“There are just too many taxes in France,” said Veronique Lestrade, a demonstrator on the outskirts of Paris, who said her family was struggling to make ends meet.


In 18 months in power, Macron has seen off trade unions and street demonstrations as he loosened labor laws and overhauled the heavily indebted state rail operator SNCF in a bid to reboot the economy.

Derided by political opponents as “the president of the rich” for measures such as the end of a wealth tax, Macron’s popularity has dwindled to new lows of 21 percent.

Tax hikes on fuel and tobacco as well as an increase to a social welfare levy before other tax cuts came into force have left some voters feeling squeezed.

The diesel tax increases, designed to encourage drivers to switch to more environmentally-friendly cars, were approved in late 2017 but began to bite when oil prices surged in October, angering some in the provinces who rely on their cars to get to work.

Ministers announced funds last Wednesday to help motorists on the lowest incomes, even if Macron is standing firm on his fuel policy.

Prices have eased this month, although protesters on Saturday had other complaints too, as Macron’s next test at the ballot box in European parliamentary elections in May 2019 looms.

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“I happily voted for Macron in 2017, but he’s really making fun of us,” said Dominique Jouvert, 63, a retired civil servant demonstrating in Lyon’s city center. “There’s no discussion to be had with him, no dialogue, he’s arrogant.

“What’s certain is that I won’t vote for him again.”

Reporting by Sarah White, Caroline Pailliez, Yves Clarisse, Catherine Lagrange, Reuters TV; Editing by Gareth Jones and Louise Heavens

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Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash, who alleged assault against Arvind Kejriwal, transferred

Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash, who alleged assault against Arvind Kejriwal, transferred

Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by AAP leaders and ministers during a late night meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in February.

Anshu Prakash

Delhi bureaucrat Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by AAP ministers.


  • Anshu Prakash has been at loggerheads with the AAP government in Delhi for quite some time
  • Prakash was at the centre of the standoff between the IAS officers and Delhi ministers
  • He was allegedly assaulted by AAP ministers in February this year

In a major rejig in the Delhi government, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, who was at the centre of the long standoff between bureaucrats and Delhi ministers, was on Saturday transferred to the Department of Telecommunications.

Prakash was allegedly assaulted by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and ministers during a late night meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in February this year.

The 1986-batch IAS officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre has since been at loggerheads with the Kejriwal government.

According to a Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) order, Prakash has been posted as additional secretary in the Department of Telecommunications.

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Prakash had alleged assault by some AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia at the chief minister’s residence in February this year.

After Prakash’s exit, Delhi’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Manoj Parida, who hails from Odisha and is also an officer of the 1986 batch of the AGMUT, is in the race for the vacant post.

Jalaj Srivastava, additional secretary in the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, was also transferred in the reshuffle.

Srivastava was posted as additional secretary in the Inland Waterways Authority of India, the DoPT order said.

(With PTI inputs)

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Smriti Mandhana becomes second-fastest Indian woman to reach 1000 T20I

Smriti Mandhana becomes second-fastest Indian woman to reach 1000 T20I

Smriti Mandhana scored her first T20I fifty in 2018 (@WorldT20 Photo)

Smriti Mandhana reached 1000 T20I runs and became the second-fastest Indian after Mithali Raj in women’s cricket to get there.

Mandhana smashed a career-best 83 to power India to a record 167/8 against Australia in their last ICC Women’s World T20 group B match in Guyana on Saturday.

It was her first T20I fifty of the year, and reached the 50-run mark in just 31 balls. In the process, she became the fastest to reach the mark, beating her skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s record (who had got to fifty in 33 balls).

Mandhana blasted 9 fours and 3 sixes in her 55-ball 83-run innings to anchor the Indian innings. She also became the second fastest India to compete 1000 runs in T20 internationals after Mithali Raj during her innings.

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Harmanpreet too produced a strokeful 27-ball 43 studded with three sixes and as many fours to share a 68-run partnership for the third wicket with Mandhana.

After the end of the Indian innings, Mandhana said that she was disappointed in the way she was getting out.

“First few matches I was disappointed with the way I was getting out,” said Mandhana.

“This time I didn’t want to let the team struggle by getting out after being settled. I always enjoy batting with her [Harmanpreet]. Left-right is always a deadly combination as the bowlers lose their lines. Against a good side, we need to come out well. That’s not on our mind as we always come out with the intention of doing well,” she added.

India, however, lost a bit of ground in the end following the quick wickets of Veda Krishnamurthy and Dayalan Hemalatha within a space of four balls.

Mandhana gave India a good start after her fellow opening batsman Taniya Bhatia (2) was dismissed in the second over, being caught by Meg Lanning at midwicket off Ashleigh Gardner’s ball.

Mandhana then stepped up and picked up a boundary each in the next two overs to keep the score ticking.

She blasted a four and a six off Sophie Molineux in the 5th over before repeating the treatment to Megan Schutt in the next over to accumulate big runs.

Australia India pegged back in the 7th over when Delissa Kimmince dismissed Jemimah Rodrigues (6), who had scored 59 against New Zealand in the opening match. It was an outside edge that was brilliantly caught by Elyse Villani at short third man.

Skipper Harmanpreet then came out to bat at No. 4 even as Mandhana smashed another one straight down the ground for another boundary.

Harmanpreet too joined in as she charged down the pitch and smashed Molineux over midwicket for her first six.

A beautiful-looking sweep shot then helped Mandhana to complete her fifty in 31 balls.

Harmanpreet then hoisted one over extra cover off Gardner to pick up her second six as India reached 83 for 2 in 10 overs.

The Indian skipper continued to find boundaries, making life difficult for the Australian bowlers.

In the 14th over, Harmanpreet slapped one over extra cover before depositing a full toss by Kimmince over short fine leg.

However an attempt to go for another big shot proved fatal as she was caught by Haynes to leave India at 117 for 3 in 13.3 overs.

In the next over, Mandhana too was on her way back to the hut when she was adjudged LBW by the on-field umpire but she survived after a video referral showed the ball pitched outside leg.

However, India lost the wicket of Krishnamurthy (3) on the other end when debutant Vlaeminck pulled off a stunning catch at square leg off Gardner’s bowling.

Hemalatha (1) too dragged one on to the stumps as India slumped to 136 for 5 in 16.2 overs.

In the 18th over, Mandhana hit a six and a four off Kimmince as India amassed 17 runs but Schutt removed the opener in the next over.

There was also an unfortunate collision between Megan Schutt and wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy as both went for a catch, following a miscued hit by Reddy. Healy then left the field as Beth Mooney took over her duties.

(With inputs from PTI)

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What Type of Vacuum Cleaner is Best?

A vacuum cleaner is the most effective of cleaning tools; it can also be the more expensive. There are many different types of vacuum with many different features. So before you buy a top rated vacuum cleaner make sure you know what type of vacuum cleaner is best for your needs.

Choosing the best vacuum cleaner can be confusing. To help make things clearer you should know what the different types of vacuum are, what the main features you can find on a vacuum cleaner, and want you type of flooring you will be using a vacuum cleaner on.

There are two main types of vacuum cleaner: upright and cylinder. Both offer advantages and disadvantages. Before deciding if you should by a canister or upright, you should ask yourself a few questions. The following guidelines will help you find the answer.

Upright vacuum cleaners are heavier than cylinder vacuums. An upright vacuum cleaner can be more difficult to manoeuvre and less suited to cleaning small gaps and spaces. If weight is an issue, then you are best off with a canister vacuum. Many uprights come with attachments to help you clean those more hard-to-get-at places. The Oreck XL upright vacuum cleaner is one of the lightest on the market, weighing in at only 8lbs! However, the Oreck doesn’t come with attachments, and you have to wind on the cord by hand. The main advantage of upright vacuum cleaners is suction power. The motor is nearer the vacuum head than a cylinder.

Cylinder vacuum cleaners are easier to use because the motor units tends to be smaller and you can vacuum a large area with the head, without having to move the motor. Most cylinder vacuum cleaners come with attachments that are housed inside them for quick retrieval and put-away. The Electrolux Harmony canister vacuum is an excellent vacuum and has been designed to be ultra quiet.

Both upright and canister vacuum cleaner offer features to make cleaning better, or more convenient, or safer. The following is a list of the main features that come with vacuum cleaners. It should be borne in mind that the more features a vacuum cleaner has, the more expensive it will be.


A vacuum cleaner with powerful suction can depend on many things but the wattage of the motor is a very good indicator of its power. The more Watts a vacuum has, the more powerful it is. A good figure for a cylinder cleaner is around 1400 Watts, and 1300 for an upright.

Bag or Bagless

This seems to be the latest, and most confusing, feature on many vacuum cleaners. Until recently, all vacuum cleaners collected dirt in a bag. However, this changed when Dyson vacuum cleaners came on to the market. The main disadvantage with vacuums that use bags is loss of suction as the bag fills up. A bagless vacuum like the Dyson DC07 upright vacuum cleaner does not use dust bags but induces suction by means of centrifugal force. Vacuums that don’t use bags don’t loose suction power. Bagless vacuum cleaners tend to be more expensive that ones that use bags. Another disadvantage of bagless vacuum cleaners is empty the dust cup. Bagged models can be more hygienic because the dirt and dust is collected in a sealed bag. If you or anyone in your house is asthmatic then it is better to go for a bagged cleaner.


When a vacuum sucks up dirt some particles are expelled out the exhaust of the vacuum. The type of filter determines the size and number of particles that are expelled. There are now three types of filters on offer. Standard filtration is now usually found in only low cost vacuum cleaners. If you buy a vacuum cleaner with standard filtration, make sure you look for one with more than one filtration level. S-class and HEPA filters greatly reduce the number and size of particles that are emitted back into the air. These types of filter retain up to 99.97% of dust, down to 0.3 microns (microscopic in size). Allergy sufferers should only consider using HEPA filters. There are now many top rated HEPA vacuum cleaners, the Eureka 3684D canister vacuum being one of the best.

Other Types of Vacuum Cleaners

There are many other types of vacuum cleaners offering specialized cleaning capabilities. Stick vacuum cleaner are light weight and meant for small cleaning jobs and are great for high area such as the tops of curtains. Handheld vacuum cleaners are also meant for clearing up spills and typically come with a wall mounting and charging unit.

Steam vacuum cleaners use steam to lift out dirt from carpets. These are very effective in getting out ground in dirt. They are not that difficult to use and a good quality steam vacuum like the Hoover SteamVac should leave the carpet dry to the touch after use. Finally, Wet and Dry vacuum cleaners are versatile units. They can be used in dry mode exactly like their more common counterparts. But they can also be used to clean your carpet with water and carpet shampoo, leaving your carpet clean and sweet smelling. The Eureka InstaRinse Cleaning System is an excellent wet to dry vacuum.

Deciding on what vacuum cleaner is best is first deciding on what your requirement are. There are many excellent vacuum cleaners on the market from companies like Hoover, Dyson, Eureka and Electrolux. All these companies – and others – make ‘the best vacuum’, but whether it is the best vacuum cleaner for cleaning your carpets, depends on your exact requirements.

Source by Robin Cassidy