Other Sports Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu to clash in final of Senior National Badminton Championship

first_imgBoth Saina and Kashyap had played their pre-quarterfinal match on Thursday night at the newly-laid wooden court at the TRP indoor stadium after refusing to play at the Assam Badminton Academy courts due to “uneven” surface.Former world no. 30 Verma, who had clinched Super 100 titles at Russia Open and Dutch Open last year, eked out a hard-fought 21-11 21-23 21-18 triumph over B Sai Praneeth. Verma grabbed seven straight points from 14-17 down in the decider against former Singapore Open champion Sai Praneeth in the quarter-finals.In the other semi-final matches of the day, Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg lived up to their reputation as the top seeds in mixed doubles. The world no. 46 pair needed only 32 minutes to dispatch Vighnesh Devlekar and Harika V 21-15, 21-16 to enter the final.They will take on the unseeded combine of Manu Attri and Maneesha K, who continued their rampage with a fine 21-18, 21-17 win over Shlok Ramchandran and Mithula UK. In women’s doubles, top seeds Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram continued their quest for the title with a strong 21-13, 21-16 victory over Kuhoo Garg and Anoushka Parikh. They will take on the unseeded Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K in the summit clash after the latter edged Aparna Balan and Sruthi KP 21-19, 24-22.Men’s doubles second seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty beat Arun George and Sanyam Shukla 21-17, 21-18 to secure a place in the final. Guwahati: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won their respective semifinals in contrasting fashion to set up a mouth-watering women’s singles summit showdown at the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior National Championship in Guwahati on Saturday. In a repeat of last edition’s title clash at Nagpur, the two stalwarts will look to outdo each other and write another chapter in their on-field rivalry. While Sindhu overcame a challenge from Assam’s promising 19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha 21-10 22-20 in the first semifinal, Saina got the better of Nagpur qualifier Vaishnavi Bhale, who was part of India’s Uber Cup squad last year, 21-15 21-14 to storm into the finals. Saina had the last laugh against Sindhu in the last two encounters at the Nagpur Nationals in 2017 and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold-medal match last year. While Saina has won the title in 2006, 2007 and 2018, Sindhu clinched the trophy twice, in 2011 and 2013. “It will be just another match and I don’t think it will help me for All England, I will just look to focus and give my best,” Sindhu said about the final. In men’s singles, Lakshya Sen, who is a Asian junior champion and a bronze medallist at the World Junior Championship, secured his second final with a 21-15 21-16 win over former winner and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap in the second semifinal. The 17-year-old Sen, from Uttarakhand, had lost the finals of the 81st edition against Sourabh Verma and he would look to settle the scores when he faces the 26-year-old from Dhar in the finals on Saturday. Two-time former champion Sourabh sealed his final spot after beating Mumbai’s Kaushal Dharmamer 21-14 21-17 in 44 minutes. Earlier in the day, former champions Saina, Kashyap and Sourabh advanced to the semifinals with contrasting wins. The three-time former champion Saina hardly broke a sweat to get the better of former India no. 1 Neha Pandit of Mumbai 21-10, 21-10 in a lop-sided quarter-final contest. Kashyap, a 2012 winner, prevailed 21-18 21-16 over Bodhit Joshi, who had reached the finals of Iceland International last year. highlights Saina Nehwal won the tournament in 2006,2007 and 2018.PV Sindhu clinched the title in 2011 and 2013.Saina defeated Sindhu in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Askew priorities

first_imgWe take pride in the extents and heights to which our laws may serve for greater good and in that, often do we forget the matters lying much closer to ground, the ones to go out of sight rather fast when remarkable heights are scaled. National security is important at its place, but more attractive is the intellectual indulgence which severs one from the brute realities on the ground. National security is not so pervasively a matter of basic socio-economic concern but what is, in fact, remains in want of attention and reform. Sanitation workers and manual scavengers continue to dredge up for their livelihood despite all the intellectual awareness and “sensitisation” to their condition robbed of dignity. Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, brought to highlight in Rajya Sabha that a national survey conducted under NITI Aayog has identified a minimum of 54,130 manual scavengers from 170 districts of 18 states in India. Delhi has announced of its commendable plan to end manual scavenging with the use of technology. Prompted by the incidents of death of sanitation workers, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam is said to go to Kerala to explore technological solutions to eradicate casualties resulting from cleaning of septic tanks. The meagre sum of money they are paid, the unjustified extents of health hazards they are exposed to, the social ostracisation their families are resigned to, all combine to reinforce the need to understand how inhuman and violative this occupation is, and how allowing it to continue is a failure of state and society at many levels. There are largely two aspects to this predicament: the human aspect and the technical/functional aspect. As far as the human aspect of it goes, it is reflective of the social dilemma pertaining to tolerance and acceptance for certain things that clearly place some humans well below others. Engendering from the caste system of yesteryears, the carry-over of some of its most objectionable practices to this day is manual scavenging. The life of manual scavengers is of stigma and exclusion. They remain at the fringe of society, only to become involved for what they do professionally– and without adequate returns and compensation. They are the modern-day untouchables because of the progress that a 72-year-old rising India has failed to make. Investing in technology to replace humans in such occupations ought to be an urgent priority. There cannot be any big things done on a larger scale for the nation without getting the smaller things done right.last_img read more

Man arrested near Spirit River after series of gun battles last Friday

first_imgSPIRIT RIVER, A.B. – One man is in custody after allegedly trespassing on a rural property near Spirit River and getting into an altercation with multiple victims that included gunfire.At approximately 3:00 last Friday afternoon, members of the Spirit River RCMP were called to a rural property south of town after a male suspect was found trespassing on the complainant’s neighbour’s property. When confronted, the suspect drove off in a vehicle, while the complainant called 911 and followed in his own vehicle.Shortly thereafter, the suspect pulled over and fired several rounds from a handgun striking the complainant’s vehicle. The suspect then headed south, until it followed another passing vehicle into a yard that led to a rural home. Once there, the suspect pointed his firearm at the male driver and demanded his vehicle. The female passenger took the keys and retreated inside the residence not wanting to give keys to the vehicle while her four-year-old daughter was still in the back seat. Inside the residence, a round was fired by the suspect that missed the female victim when he again demanded she hand over the keys. The victim handed the keys to the suspect and updated 911. During this altercation between the female passenger and the suspect, the male driver had entered his residence and retrieved a long gun. He exited his residence and confronted the suspect while he was transferring stolen property from one vehicle to another. The victim told the suspect to surrender and drop his weapon. The suspect then fired at the victim, discharging multiple rounds. The victim fired back at the suspect but did not strike him. Thankfully, none of the victims were injured in this incident.The suspect departed on foot. RCMP arrived and contained the area. With the assistance of RCMP members from Grande Prairie, Fairview, and Police Dog Services the suspect was apprehended a short time later without incident.Ian Preston Letendre (30) of No Fixed Address is facing 25 Criminal Code Charges including:Break and Enter to a residenceDischarge firearm with intent to endanger life (x3)Pointing a firearm (x3)Mischief (x3)Careless use of a firearmUse firearm while committing an indictable offence (x2)Transport firearm in a careless mannerPossession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x2)Possession of a loaded restricted firearm (x2)Possession of a property obtained by crime over $5000Armed robberyCareless storage of a firearmUnlawful possession of a firearm in a vehicleUnlawful possession of a firearmPossession of a firearm obtained by crimeFail to comply with RecognizanceLetendre was remanded into custody and appeared in Grande Prairie Provincial Court today.“This was a dynamic situation where the suspect’s actions posed an imminent threat to rural residents. With the support of area residents and the collaboration of responding RCMP members, we were able to bring the incident to a quick resolution where thankfully no one was injured,” said Sgt. Ryan Frost, Spirit River Detachment Commander.last_img read more

Highway 97 closed near Powder King

first_imgUPDATE – As of 5:20 pm the highway is open to single lane traffic.CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed near Powder King.Highway 97 is closed between Powder King Road and Old Hasler Road, approximately 36km north of the Pine Pass Summit. A vehicle incident has caused the closure. There is no estimate on when the highway will re-open. There is no detour around the collision.#BCHwy97 road CLOSED due to vehicle incident between Powder King Rd. and Old Hasler Rd. , 36 km north of the Pine Pass Summit. Assessment in progress. https://t.co/8Pzypd4spk— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) February 6, 2019Drivebc.ca says the next update is expected at around 6 p.m. mountain time.For updates, visit www.drivebc.ca or watch this webpage.If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see, email [email protected]last_img read more

Man who targeted cars parked near hospitals showrooms held

first_imgNew Delhi: A person who committed theft after breaking the windows of the cars was arrested from South Delhi.According to police, the accused had made self-made equipment through which he used to break the glasses of cars within seconds and fled with the bag containing valuable items. “The accused had thought that people who are visiting hospitals or showrooms will carry cash with them so he targeted the cars standing nearby by the two places,” police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice further said that in order to curb the reoccurring thefts in cars by breaking their window glasses alongside the Ring Road, a new strategy formulated and staff in plain clothes is deployed as spotters. This strategy worked and accused caught red-handed while he was just started running after stealing a lady’s purse from a car after breaking its window glass. During interrogation, accused Upender disclosed that he also has a history of previous involvements in PS Civil Lines, Hisar. The team under SHO (Defence Colony) Arvind made the arrest.last_img read more

Arkos music steeped in patriotism

first_imgAfter spreading love with his romantic numbers in many Bollywood films, Arko Mukherjee recently came up with a patriotic song ‘Teri Mitti’ in Akshay Kumar’s latest release Kesari.In an exclusive interview with Millennium Post, the singer talks about the song, his tuning with Akshay and his upcoming projects: How did you come up with ‘Teri mitti’. Do you think like films, even the music industry is bending towards patriotism? Patriotism has been a relevant subject in Bollywood since a very long time now – from the time of Lata Mangeshkar singing ‘Aye mere watan ke logon’. The genre is not any new here, it has always been a subject of emotions and pride for the makers as well as the audience. It is not a sudden love for the country or patriotic fever. I believe the vibe persisting in India after the recent attacks is a bit more heavy and sadistic, and this is what gave me the motivation to come up with this song. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger After singing back to back romantic songs, how did you feel working on ‘Teri Mitti’? Generally, people associate me with romantic songs because of the popularity of ‘Nazm Nazm’, ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ etc. But, in the past, I have also done songs like ‘Paani Vala dance’ which was a club song and different situational songs in various other films. But yes, I haven’t ever done a patriotic song, so it was special to me. What were your initial expectations from this song? Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upI don’t think any singer makes a song with expectations – of numbers, awards or anything. As a singer it is always my responsibility to do my best. That’s what I attempt to do every time; whether it’s a love song, a sad song, or a patriotic song. You have made an extended version of this song dedicated to Bhagat Singh. Tell something about it? I think Bhagat Singh was the most influential freedom fighter. His bravery and valour has inspired youth of every generation. His death anniversary was on March 23, so we decided to extend our tribute to him in the form of that song. You have collaborated with Akshay for the fourth time. Tell us something about the bond you share with him. I have always been a big fan of Akshay sir. We collaborated for ‘Meherbani’, followed by songs for Rustom, Gold and now Kesari. After working together for various projects, I think he has built trust with me, and therefore discusses everything related to songs. I am working with him on a couple of others tracks as well. What are your future plans? I have some Hindi film projects on my plate and then two Bengali films. I haven’t ever done Bengali films before, so I m excited for it. I also have an English song coming up, for which I am travelling to LA this month. It has been a dream to be an independent English music artist – to write, compose and sing in English. So, I am looking forward to this year.last_img read more

Security guard arrested for harassing minor girls

first_imgGurugram: In an appalling case reported from Gurugram, a security guard was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting minor girls on the pretext of playing with them in the park.The 42-year-old accused was identified as Sudama, he has been charged with sexually assaulting two minor girls. Reportedly, he has been sent to judicial custody. A complaint was lodged at the Palam Vihar police station alleging that a security guard who had been working in a house at Sector 23, misbehaved with two minor girls and touched them inappropriately, while the girl was playing in the park. After the complaint was lodged the local police officer reached the spot and the accused was nabbed by the police. the accused has been booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences(POCSO) Act. Reportedly, during the preliminary investigation, Sudama confessed to the charges levelled against him by the victim’s parents. he told the police that he would pretend to play with them in the park and while giving them a swing he would often touch them inappropriately. The incident comes in the light of the district court sentencing 20 years’ rigorous imprisonment to a 22-year-old man held guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl in February 2017. The additional sessions judge Raj Rani Gupta also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict for aggravated sexual assault, punishable under section 6 of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and criminal intimidation. The man was sentenced to a further year of rigorous imprisonment for failing to pay the fine. The Sector 18 police station had registered a case against Shiv Kumar, a native of Bihar, on February 9, 2017. Gurugram along with its counterpart Faridabad is leading in terms of sexual crimes against minors. In 2018, there were 120 cases of sexual crimes against minors while in 2017 thee were 110 cases. Not only sexual crimes but the law enforcement officials also have to deal with increased cases of human trafficking.last_img read more

Commentary Linsane in the membrane New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin lighting

Who would have thought that the sporting world’s next Cinderella story would have driven the Big Apple to Linsanity? If you haven’t heard of the New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin, chances are you’re a fashion major or just don’t care about sports. Heading into the Knicks’ game against Sacramento Wednesday, Lin has been rocking the NBA, scoring more points in his first five starts than any other player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976, and leading the once struggling Knicks to a six-game winning streak after starting the season 8-15. During the first five games of the Lin era, the Knicks were without superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire due to injury and a family death, respectfully. Out of nowhere, the Harvard graduate and undrafted second-year comes off the bench and brings life to a dormant Knicks squad, and energy to Madison Square Garden that hasn’t been seen since Patrick Ewing was lighting up the scoreboards throughout the 1990s. Born and raised just north of New York City, I’ve been an avid Knicks fan since I was young. Speaking for a number of people I’m close with back home, we haven’t been this excited about the NBA ever. Lin has brought excitement and wins to the Knicks, something that names like Anthony, Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler haven’t been able to do, at a fraction of the cost. The rumble of Linsanity has even brought tremors to Columbus, Ohio. After his 38-point performance against the Lakers on Friday night, Lin was the topic of discussion on High Street. You’ll have your critics bash his high amount of turnovers, which is common among point guards who aren’t used to playing with a new cast, but for the most part it sounds like Lin has won over Ohio State. The only positive talk you hear in Ohio about New York sports is when the Giants win the Super Bowl or the Yankees win the World Series. Here’s a new bandwagon for Ohioans to jump on, and this time it’s not just the front runners coming on board. It might not be the sexiest story to hit sports; Lin doesn’t walk around with the swagger of superstar athletes, but his energy and determination make up for that. He’s putting wins on the board. In any sport, all that matters is the ‘W.’ It probably also helps that he’s Asian, a rare ethnicity in professional basketball. Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather’s comments on Twitter about Lin’s race angered many. From his Twitter account, @FloydMayweather, Mayweather said on Feb. 13: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.” Let’s be honest, anyone of any race that does what Lin has done deserves the credit they’ve received. I’m sure if a Caucasian with red hair were putting up Lin’s stats and leading the Knicks to victory, New York would have a severe case of “gingervitus.” Race aside, Lin’s performing miracles on the basketball court. And if seeing signs in Madison Square Garden that read “The Yellow Mamba” is all Knicks fans have to put up with in exchange for wins, I think we can deal with it. For now, I’m all Lin on what the Knicks are doing. It will be interesting to see if the hype and talent that Lin has made appear from thin air can last for what remains of this shortened NBA season. read more

Conte being criticized by Warnock

first_imgIt has been a very difficult season for Chelsea and the latest 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield means that the Champions League hopes are almost gone – and Stephen Warnock believes that it is mostly Conte’s fault.The former Liverpool defender claimed that he is not able to understand Conte’s behaviour towards the press – and it certainly hasn’t helped the atmosphere as he spoke about his disappointment over the transfers that were made.Warnock spoke about Conte’s mistakes as he said, according to Football London:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s brought it upon himself with his attitude in press conferences, the way he speaks.”“When he was asked about his future next season, if he wants to be there he says yes, it’s as simple as that. He avoids the question, he doesn’t want to answer it.”“It tells me that he wants to leave the club, he’s not happy with the transfers that have been done this season, he’s very disappointed at that, he’s made that public.”last_img read more

Former Barcelona president tells how the team lost Ronaldo

first_imgThe Brazilian footballer spent only one season with the Spanish La Liga team before moving to Internazionale MilanRonaldo Nazario de Lima played for Spanish La Liga club Barcelona in the 1996-1997 season.While there, he scored 34 goals in 37 matches.And many fans thought he would stay for many years with the Blaugrana.But in an interview with Goal, former Barca president Joan Gaspart revealed how the Brazilian went to the Italian Lega Serie A.“Ronaldo wanted to stay at Barcelona, he was happy and his wish was to renew,” Gaspart said.“We had even typed out the contract in front of the player himself and his two agents.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It was three in the afternoon and we justifiably decided to go out to eat and celebrate Ronaldo’s renewal, and then return to the office and sign the agreement we had reached,” he added.“That was a mistake because if we had not gone out to eat and had signed at the same time we reached the agreement, Ronaldo would have stayed at Barcelona.”“One of his agents went off for half an hour to take a phone call,” he commented.“At that time we did not pay much attention to the agent’s absence. When he came back he apologized, had some coffee and toasted before going to the office to sign the contract.”“From the first moment we got to the president [Josep] Nunez’s office, the agents began to put obstacles up, they told Ronaldo to go home and that they would call him to sign. I asked them if they did not want to sign,” Gaspart explained.“They insisted they did but what they wanted was to renegotiate almost the entire contract, increasing the financial terms. They were trying to destroy the talks.”last_img read more