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Indian-origin Singaporean is Diamond Brade Bodys New Prez

Singapore, Feb 4 (PTI) A 34-year-old Indian-origin man based in Singapore was today appointed President of the newly- formed International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA).

Vishal Mehta, CEO of a Singapore-based company which makes lab diamond, was named President of the IGDA, a platform of more than 10 leading grown diamond producers, distributors and retailers.

Founded in the US, IGDA said it would seek to serve as the central point of communication, education, development and growth of the industry.

"IGDA was conceptualised because we, as an emerging industry, felt the need to collectively represent grown diamonds on a global forum, share technical facts about growing diamonds and the technology involved, so that theres an informed knowledge about the value, beauty and eco- advantages of grown diamonds," Mehta said.

Mehta is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore-based IIa Technologies which grows diamond from its state-of-the-art facility in the city state.

The IGDA, the first ever grown diamond industry association, aims at representing the grown diamond industry, promoting grown diamonds as a new choice in diamonds and educating about various unique qualities and applications of grown diamonds.

"With IGDA, the grown diamond industry can effectively take the collective steps to present itself to consumers who wish to have a genuine choice in diamonds, commercial sectors who require high quality but a consistent supply to develop diamond-based applications, and the larger diamond processing industry, in general," Patron Member and Secretary General Richard Garard said.

Grown diamonds or lab diamonds are man-made diamonds that consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. In the 1950s, scientists first created diamonds by replicating the intense heat and pressure that forms them underground.

Other IGDA Founding Members include Washington Diamonds, New Diamond Technology, Scio Diamond, Golcondia, Pure Grown Diamonds, Polished Diamond Company, Diamond Foundry, MiaDonna and Company and Chatham Created Gems and Diamonds. PTI GS CPS AKJ CPS

Virat Kohli Replaces Aaron Finch as No. 1 Twenty20 Internationals Batsman

Virat Kohli's remarkable performance in the recently-concluded Twenty20 series against Australia, paid instant dividends as he replaced Aaron Finch at the top of the ICC Rankings for Batsmen in Twenty20 Internationals. (Rohit, Kohli, Raina Guide India to 3-0 Series Sweep)

According to the latest list released by the ICC on Monday, Kohli who had scores of 90 not out, 59 not out and 50 in the three-match series, gained 47 ratings points to move ahead of Finch with 892 ranking points to his credit. (Kohli Should Continue to Bat at No. 3, Yuvraj Must Wait: Gavaskar)

Finch gained 14 points himself thanks to scores of 44 and 74 in Adelaide and Melbourne, but his hamstring injury in game two ruled him out of the final match of the series at the SCG on Sunday. (Kohli's Pakistani Fan Jailed For 10 Years For Flying Indian Flag)

India's Suresh Raina moved up three places to 13th after his impressive series, while opener Rohit Sharma also moved up four places to be placed 16th.

David Warner, who scored 17 in the opening match before heading to New Zealand for the one-day international series against New Zealand, dropped six spots to 18th.

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned by the ICC due to an illegal bowling action, retained top spot in the bowling rankings ahead of fellow Windies spinner Samuel Badree.

The latest rankings also confirmed India's ascension to No.1 in the world, while Australia have plummeted to eighth spot following the 3-0 series defeat.
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