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PWL: Mumbai face uphill task against Haryana (Preview)

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Greater Noida, Jan 23 (IANS) Mumbai Maharathi are expected to face a tough task when they take on Haryana Hammers in a Pro Wrestling League (PWL) clash at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

It will be a repeat of the Season 1 final when Mumbai had got the better of Haryana. But with three consecutive wins in the ongoing fourth season, the Hammers are on a roll and it will take a Herculean effort for the Vinesh Phogat-led side to turn the tables on the perennial runners-up of the PWL.

All eyes will be on the men’s lower weight categories during this tie where competition is expected to be very tough. In the men’s 57 kg category Ravi Kumar will take on Ibragim Ilyasov.

Interestingly, Ravi defeated established grappler Sandeep Tomar, who defeated Ibragim. A close contest is on the cards between Rajneesh and Harphool in the 65 kg weight category. Both of them practice at the Chhatrasal Stadium and are very well aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Both of them picked up gold competing in different weight categories at the national championships last year.

Likewise, in the 74 kg weight category upcoming Sachin Rathi will clash with Praveen Rana who caused a major upset by beating former Asian champion Amit Dhankar in an earlier round.

The super heavyweight (125 kg) category clash between Mumbai’s European champion Baitseev Vladisiav and Haryana’s Aleksander Khotsianivski will be a prime attraction of this tie.

Baitseev is in good form having beaten UP Dangal’s Giorgi Sakandelidze in an earlier tie. However, both teams will try to protect their weaker links in the squad.

Squads:

Haryana Hammers: Seema (53 kg), Anastasia Nichita (57 kg), Ravi Kumar (57 kg), Tayana Omelchenko (62 kg), Rajnesh (65 kg), Praveen Rana (74 kg), Kiran (76 kg), Ali Shabanov (86 kg), Khotsianivski Aleksander (125 kg).

Mumbai Maharathi: Vinesh Phogat (53 kg), Betzabeth Angelica (57 kg), Ibragim Ilyasov (57 kg), Shilpi Yadav (62 kg), Harphool (65 kg), Sachin Rathi (74 kg), Zsanett Nemeth (76 kg), Deepak Punia (86 kg), Baitseev Vladisiav (125 kg).

–IANS
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To catch up to WhatsApp, Signal adds custom wallpapers and animated stickers.

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Signal enjoyed an unexpected uptick in users following WhatsApp’s recent privacy blunder. In an effort to capitalize on its rising popularity, Signal has started testing features that make the messaging platform feel a little friendlier.

Earlier this month, Signal announced a handful of new features that would be coming to the platform, including chat wallpapers and animated stickers. As promised, these two features are now available in the beta version of the app, making it feel more like WhatsApp than ever before.

Android Police got its hands on both new features, sharing screenshots of what chat wallpapers look like. You can change your chat wallpaper in Signal by going to Settings > Appearance > Chat wallpaper. You can also change the wallpaper of an individual chat by tapping the person’s name in the top bar and looking for the chat wallpaper option.

There are a total of 21 chat wallpapers to choose from, including 12 solid colors and 9 gradient colors. Android Police said you can also choose a photo from your phone’s camera roll for extra personalization. Before, Signal featured only white and black backgrounds depending on if dark mode was enabled on your device.

Android Police also provides a quick preview of Signal’s new animated stickers—something the platform has dabbled with in the past. There’s a new Day by Day sticker pack that contains 24 animated stickers to help liven up your conversation. The art is by Miguel Angel Camprubí.

Finally, Signal appears to be adding a simple About section for users’ profiles. Users will have the opportunity to choose an emoji and also add a short description of themselves. It’s a simple way to share some of your personality before even having a conversation. Apparently, Signal users can save several blurbs and switch between them on the fly, essentially making them status updates.

If you’re on iOS, Signal said it also plans to add media auto-download settings and full-screen profile photos, the latter of which is already available on Android.

These new additions to Signal appear to be in the beta version of the app for now. Hopefully, testing goes smoothly so they can be added to the stable build. Once that rolls out, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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