Elections to the three-tier panchayats in Tripura would be held on July 27, State Election Commissioner G. Kameswara Rao announced on Wednesday. Ballot papers would be used in the polls, the SEC said.The model code of conduct came into effect in the respective panchayat areas from Wednesday itself. “Elections to 6,111 gram panchayat seats, 419 panchayat samiti seats and 116 zila parishad seats will be held on July 27,” Mr. Rao told a press conference here.Altogether, 12,03,070 voters, including 6,16,893 males and 5,86,176 females, would be eligible to exercise their franchise at 2,623 polling stations between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the polling day, he said. The filing of nominations would start from July 1 and will continue till July 8. The last date for withdrawal of nomination is July 11, Mr. Rao said. “Ballot papers in white colour for gram panchayat seats, pink colour for panchayat samities and green colour for zila parishads would be used,” he said. Counting of votes would be held on July 31 at the block headquarters, the SEC said.
Punjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Sunday said politicisation of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations. The senior Congress leader asserted that the State government was committed to celebrate the occasion in full tandem with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) under the aegis of the Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of Sikhs). “The politicisation of the occasion as sacred and pious as the 550th ‘Parkash Purab’ of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided at all costs as the occasion is fast approaching and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations,” Mr. Randhawa said in a statement here. But the recent development in which SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal went with the delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal , led by its chief Sukhbir Singh Badal to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi “smacked of politicising” the sacred occasion, he alleged. The Congress leader said it would have been better had the invitations been extended jointly on behalf of the Punjab government and the SGPC as the State government is duly-elected by the people . ‘Need for coordination’He also said the coordination between the SGPC and the State government was the need of the hour as it would send all the positive signals concerning the celebrations. On July 1, the SAD delegation had invited Mr. Modi to attend a function to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12 at Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab.
A team of the Income Tax Department on July 25 raided the residence and factory premises of senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and legislator Hasan Mushrif in Kolhapur district in western MaharashtraAn MLA from the Kagal Assembly seat, Mr. Mushrif, a former Minister who held the Labour portfolio in the erstwhile Congress-NCP government, is considered to be a tall leader of his party in the State’s ‘sugar belt’ region.According to sources, the I-T team swooped down on Mr. Mushrif’s bungalow in Kagal at around 5.30 a.m. while simultaneous raids took place at his son’s residence in Pune and his relatives’ house in Takala in Kolhapur.Officials also conducted searches at the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory in Kagal which is said to be controlled by Mr. Mushrif among other places.However, authorities declined to elaborate on the reason for the raids.A number of the NCP leader’s loyalists thronged outside his house to express solidarity as news of the raids spread throughout Kagal. A robust security shield was in place as the I-T officials conducted their searches and scrutinised documents at Mr. Mushrif’s house and office.The raids coincide with the exit of another important NCP leader Sachin Ahir, who jettisoned his position as his party’s Mumbai unit chief to enter the Shiv Sena, allegedly impressed with Aditya Thackeray’s leadership.The timing of the raid on Mr. Mushrif’s home has triggered speculation that the NCP leader’s alleged ‘refusal’ to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prompted the party to unleash the I-T Department on him.“Recently, at a public function in Kolhapur, newly appointed BJP State president Chandrakant Patil had made an open offer to Mr. Mushrif to ally with the BJP. But the NCP leader had snubbed Mr. Patil and instead questioned as to how, and from where, was the BJP able to secure enormous funds to ‘buy’ Congress legislators in Karnataka and destabilise the Congress-JD (S) government,” said an analyst, requesting anonymity.The raids on Mr. Mushrif’s house also come amid intense speculation of another NCP MLA, Vaibhav Pichad from Akole in Ahmednagar district, entering the BJP fold.Mr. Pichad, the son of senior NCP MLA Madhukar Pichad, is believed to have met with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the latter’s home ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.The developments take place a week after Mr. Patil had confidently claimed that several legislators from the opposition NCP and the Congress were in contact with the BJP. Mr. Patil had also said that the opposition camp would witness a spate of resignations in the coming week.
Also sizzling for the Hawkeyes were Byron Villarias, who shot 6-of-8 from the field for a team-high 17 points, and Mark Bringas, who posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went the Hawkeyes’ way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, in the second quarter, they quickly stifled the rally and cruised the rest of the way. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Star itching to stretch Govs’ Cup win streak LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Perkins caught fire right in the first period to help the Hawkeyes erect an early 24-6 lead in Game 1 of the best-of-three title series.Perkins dropped half of his 16 points in the opening frame and also finished with 11 rebounds as the former La Salle standout’s hot start set the tone of the lopsided match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team,” said Fernandez. “It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us.”The Hawkeyes will try to wrap up their bid for back-to-back crowns in Game 2 on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games There was little to worry, after all, as Cignal HD bucked the absence of a key cog and dismantled Centro Escolar University, 78-56, to move within a win of a championship in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.“We know that the challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players today, especially Jason (Perkins),” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who was concerned over Raymar Jose’s absence as the big man left for Kuala Lumpur to suit up for the national team in the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “We’re back to zero,” said defending MVP and team captain Mary Joy Baron in Filipino. “The past season’s title will be our motivation because we know we have to defend the championship.”“But the team will have a new composition, Michelle [Cobb] will now be our setter, so for me everything’s back to zero,” added Baron.Cobb, who is on her second year, will take on the place Fajardo, who won three Best Setter awards.Baron and the other veterans, though, promised to make it easy for Cobb to transition from a substitute to the team’s main playmaker.“They [the veterans] were very flexible towards their relationship with me,” said Cobb. “They’re adjusting and they’re always telling me that if I draw the ire of coach Ramil [De Jesus] they’ll just keep motivating me and telling me that I am part of the backbone of the team.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Beau Belga not slowing down despite trade rumors AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Head coach: Ramil De JesusLast Season: 11-3 (no.2 seed, champion)Key holdovers: Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Desiree Cheng, Aduke OgunsanyaKey loss: Kim FajardoADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ De La Salle is gunning for its third straight title in the UAAP women’s volleyball championship, but such a daunting task isn’t new for the mighty Lady Spikers.The last team to successfully go on a three-peat was La Salle when the girls in green-and-white won the big trophy from Seasons 73 to 75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Lady Spikers have set their sights on a sixth championship in eight years, the most titles in an eight-year period since University of Santo Tomas won seven straight from 1985 to 1991.La Salle, however, will go into Season 80 on a new slate especially after the iconic setter Kim Fajardo graduated in 2017. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kianna Dy, Season 78’s Finals MVP, was there for Cobb when things got too difficult for the sophomore setter.“I actually told her that her style of play is different from ate Kim’s so we don’t necessarily want her to be exactly like ate Kim,” said Dy. “She has her own strengths, her own weaknesses, ate Kim has her won strengths and her own weaknesses.”“I just tell her to do her best and that we’re all behind her and that she’s not alone,” added Dy.And with the veterans showing support for their young 18-year-old setter, another figurehead in the team is confident La sale won’t go down easily.Dawn Macandili, who was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, promised La Salle would be there until the very end to defend the crown.“My confidence is really high right now with this team,” said Macandili in Fiipino. “My teammates are there, my coaches are there to throw us their support no matter what so I’m really confident we’ll go a long way this year.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
He went to a party at the Team USA house in Rio, where he said multiple people handled the medal as they celebrated. Snyder said he later discovered a scratch on the back of it, though he added there has been no further damage.Snyder said he has until the end of the week to return his gold medal and has no idea when he’ll receive his replacement.“It wasn’t too big of a deal,” Snyder said. “But since they’re giving me a new one, it’s kind of cool.”Rio de Janeiro spent about $12 billion to organize the games, which were plagued by cost-cutting, poor attendance and reports of bribes and corruption linked to the building of some Olympic-related facilities.Nine months later, many of the venues are empty and have no tenants or income — with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government. In addition to the issues with the medals, which featured the Rio and Olympic logos, the local organizing committee still owes creditors about $30 millionGreg Massialas, a national coach for the U.S. fencing team in Rio, said in a message to AP that the silver medal his son, Alex, won is damage free. He added that he hasn’t heard about any issues with other American fencers.U.S. shooter Ginny Thrasher and boxer Claressa Shields, along with men’s tennis bronze medalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, also reported that their gold medals are intact. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend This photo provided by Kevin Snyder show Kyle Snyder’s damaged gold metal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The medal will soon replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage. Snyder and Helen Maroulis, another U.S. gold medalist wrestler, are among a group of more than 100 athletes from around the world with defective Olympic medals. APMore than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis, are among at least 100 Olympians from across the globe with defective medals.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is also among the group; she says her bronze medal is flaking and rusting, and USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said some swimmers have damaged medals as well.The USOC learned about the problems in December and reached out to all the American sports federations in January to begin the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said officials have noted problems with the covering on 6 to 7 percent of the medals.“The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s not uncommon for medals to be passed around at post-Games parties and handled by hundreds. But this amount of damage is unusual.Walsh Jennings, who won three golds in previous Olympics, says her medals tend to get beaten up because she doesn’t hesitate to let people touch them or try them on. But she won’t consider locking them up because people are inspired by them.“They’ve offered to replace them. I’m not sure if I want to swap it out,” Walsh-Jennings told The Associated Press, adding the reason was “100 percent sentimental.”USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said the organization reached out to its players and seven — three men and four women — reported they believe there is an issue with their medals.Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, was 20 when he won his medal. He noticed an issue with the award the day after he won it.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES The bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
The mother of all shooting duels at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here didn’t really materialise on expected lines as Gagan Narang stormed his way to a gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle singles event, leaving Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra in his wake on Wednesday.Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat repeated the gold-silver feat of their much more illustrious counterparts in the women’s 25m sports pistol event, while Omkar Singh brought India its third gold medal of the day in the men’s 50m free pistol event.In between, favourites Ronjan Sodhi and Asher Noria slipped up and had to settle for silver behind England in the first shotgun event – the men’s double trap pairs. Narang shot 600/600 in the qualification round, which would have equalled his own world record, and then went on to score 103.6 points in the final to surpass his world record score of 703.5 established at the World Cup Finals in Bangkok in 2008.However, the new score is not expected to count as an official world record since, according to International Shooting Sports Federation rules, they can only be shot in Olympic Games, ISSF World Cups and World Championships, continental championships and continental games. The ISSF technical delegate at the competition said he would clarify the position with the top brass of the world body. But for Narang, it did not make an iota of difference, since the joy of beating his celebrated teammate and rival was overwhelming. As soon as he fired a 10.2 on his last shot, Bindra – who shot 103 in the final – came over to shake his hand, after which Narang lifted his rifle into the air and then kissed it. Narang played down the rivalry, saying their relationship was symbiotic. “When I was trying to get into shooting, I kept hearing a lot about Abhinav, who was already there.advertisementThere is a lot we can learn from each other. As for today, it feels special to shoot a 600 because it is a score you can’t shoot every day,” said the 27-year-old Hyderabadi. Bindra, meanwhile, feels Narang can replace him as an Olympic champion. “He is outstanding, one of the best in the world. I am sure he’ll win more international tournaments, the World Championship and an Olympic gold medal,” the 28-year-old said. On the other hand, Anisa broke the Final Games Record of 781.5 by shooting 786.8 to comfortably outclass the rest of the field.The 29-year-old led the field in the qualification round with 583 points, before coming up with a remarkable 203.8 in the final for the gold. Rahi, who specialises in the duelling round that makes up the final, was four points adrift of Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana Ng heading into the decider, but shot a mind-boggling 205 to clinch silver. In the final event of the day, Omkar, who was trailing Singapore’s Bin Gai by just one point going into the final, shot six 10-plus scores en route to a score of 653.6 to emerge four points clear. Hon Swee Lim, also of Singapore, took bronze.With such a rich haul, it would be difficult to find disappointment in the Indian ranks, but that’s what affected the double trap shooters. Eighteen-yearold Noria shot a steady 93 in his first senior competition with the national team, but world record-holder Sodhi, who shot down his first 71 birds across two rounds, suffered a meltdown thereafter to end up with a total of 95. English pair Stevan Walton (96) and Steven Scott (93) capitalized on it, setting a new CWG record of 189. Malaysia’s Bejamin Cheng Jie Khor and Seng Chye Khor got the bronze medal. The event was also marked by an interruption where the flash from a photographer’s camera distracted a Singapore shooter. Sodhi, who was next up, was stopped from shooting by the referee in order to rebuke the photographer, and that seemed to distract him. He, however, refused to blame the incident. “If you see my score, I haven’t shot that bad. But I should have done much better with the start I had. I lost my concentration, but I won’t make the excuse of that incident,” Sodhi said-
Armyman Vijay Kumar shot 583 out of 600 to win bronze in the centre-fire pistol event as Indian shooters continued to flounder at the Aoti sports complex on Thursday.For Gagan Narang, who was hoping to win his second individual medal, it was a day of disappointment as he finished fourth in the men’s 50m rifle three position event. His aggregate score of 1261.8 was 0.5 less than bronze medal winner Qinan Zhu of China.As the rifle and pistol events came to an end, the talking point again was how the Indian shooters had come a cropper, unable to win a single gold medal. This was a sport from which the Indians were supposed to reap a rich harvest, but barring the efforts put in by Vijay Kumar and Gagan, the rest have failed to live up to expectations.India has a rich history in the Asian Games when a certain Jaspal Rana won medals with ease for the country from 1994 to 2006. Having won three gold medals and a silver in Doha, Jaspal was even in the running for the most valuable player award. But times have changed. As the National Rifle Association of India managed to ensure Jaspal gave up shooting totally, the next generation of pistol shooters has not been able to repeat his feats.On Thursday, Harpreet Singh shot a blank as a result of which India were unable to win a team medal. Vijay’s score of 583 was three points behind gold medal winner Byung Take Park of Korea. In contrast, during the Doha Asiad, Jaspal had shot a world record equalling 590 out of 600.advertisement”I am happy with my effort in Guangzhou as I won two medals. It has been a hard year for me and in the coming years, I can work harder and do better,” said Vijay. Back to Gagan, the rifleman was unlucky in what is virtually a season-ending event for him. Gagan shot 393 out of 400 in prone, 382 out of 400 in standing and a low 387 out of 400 in kneeling.At one point in the final, Gagan had moved to the third position but was done in by a score of 8.3 points in the eighth shot. And that virtually sealed his fate as the leaders pulled away from Gagan. Before that, Gagan had shot only 9.5 points in the third effort in the final.It has been a long year for Gagan. Having done well in the World Championship and the Commonwealth Games, expecting him to peak in Guangzhou was not easy. Yet, for sheer effort, he has done very well. “I am satisfied with my performance,” said Gagan later. “I tried my best today but what has to happen, happened.This has been a good year for me, even these Games were good.” At the distant shotgun ranges, Manavjit Sandhu ended the day eighth with a total of 70 out of 75 (23, 24, 23) in trap.Mansher Singh had a poor day and could only manage 67 out of 75 and was distant 18th. The third Indian – Zorawar Singh Sandhu – was 26th with 64 (19, 22, 23). The final will be held on Friday.
New Zealand have named uncapped left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock in their 15-man squad for next month’s cricket World Cup.Woodcock made his New Zealand debut in a Twenty20 international against Pakistan last month but has yet to represent his country at one-day or Test level.”Luke Woodcock has worked hard for his chance after forging an impressive record with Wellington over a number of years,” selection panel convener Mark Greatbatch said.”He has a good head on his shoulders and his selection provides the option of playing three spinners which could be useful in the subcontinent.”Young fast bowler Hamish Bennett, who suffered a groin strain on his test debut against India last November, was recalled along with veteran all-rounder Jacob Oram.Brendon McCullum was the only specialist wicketkeeper named Wednesday in the New Zealand squad. Batsman Jamie How would provide backup at the tournament and Peter McGlashan was on standby.”We’ve taken a bit of a punt there, but at the end of the day we thought a third spinner was more important in the subcontinent,” Greatbatch said.”Jamie How’s a good athlete. He kept in a World Cup game a few years ago and at the end of the day it’s about catching a ball. He was keen to do it. The schedule allows us to get someone over if we need to.”Greatbatch said Bennett had earned his recall after overcoming his injury and showing strong domestic form”Hamish made a good start to his one-day career and deserves the opportunity now that he is fully fit,” he said.advertisement”He’s back, running in fast and hitting the deck hard. He impressed us in Bangladesh and the way he bowls – with the angle he creates back into the right-handers – we think he’ll be useful.”Greatbatch said Oram had convinced the selectors of his fitness, though his career has been plagued by injuries.”He is getting stronger each game, I saw him throwing himself around a couple of rounds ago, looking nimble and bowling his overs. We have missed him over the last year,” Greatbatch said.”You look at his numbers, he is impressive on the world stage. He is experienced and it could be a good stage for his batting to come right in the lower end of the order.”In order to be competitive at the World Cup, New Zealand will have to break a streak of 11-straight losses in one-day internationals, the second-longest in its history after a 13-man losing run in the mid-1990s.New Zealand squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.
This is probably the worst phase that Pakistan cricket is going through as they are still busy emerging from the damaging ‘spot-fixing’ scandal. A few wins under his belt will certainly help skipper Shahid Afridi and boost his players confidence.Pakistan would be missing senior batsman Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, who were by the ICC suspended following their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.On the brighter side they have batting powerhouse Muhammad Yousuf and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in their ranks, not to forget that Afridi himself can bail the team out from demanding situations.Squad: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan.
It seems Team India’s fortunes have hit rock bottom. For this was the least that Dhoni & Co would have expected during the first ODI at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, England, on Saturday. Score | PhotosAfter posting a competitive 274 runs of board, thanks to an impressive 95-run innings by opener Parthiv Patel, India had scalped two England wickets early and were poised for a fine finish when rains dashed their hopes.England were 27/2 with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell at the crease when heavy rains forced the covers on. Once on, the covers remained put as the showers continued to lash the Riverside Ground till the final cut off time. Meanwhile, India’s injury list increased with Rohit Sharma fracturing his finger in the match.England won the toss and elected to bowl andmuch to the delight of the India fans India openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkaya Rahane got off to a cautious start but gradually upped the tempo scoring boundaries and quick singles.Parthiv and Rahane were opening as regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were unavailable. While Sehwag, who has yet to recover from his long-standing shoulder injury, opted out citing labyrinthithis of the left ear (sic) and Tendulkar was out with a persistent toe-injury.However, the two didn’t let the loss have an effect on the run rate and continued to bat at ease even as the scoreboard kept ticking.Soon India score crossed 80. But England were not undone and Stuart Broad came around to get rid of Rahane on 40. A short ball from Broad that was pulled by Rahane failed to clear the boundary and Samit Patel took a good catch in the fine-leg region. India lost their first wicket on 82 in the 16th over. advertisementBut Broad wasn’t finished yet. He came around to get rid of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid cheaply. The ball took a thin edge off his bat to land in wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter’s gloves. He fell for two and India lost their second wicket on 87. However, the decision was a controversial one as the Hot Spot did not pick the edge and the third umpire decided on the basis of sound.Post that wicket, Parthiv Patel batted steadily at the Riverside Ground and he had Virat Kohli by his side to assist him in his efforts. He crossed his fifty without much effort and then went on for his ton. Unfortunately, he fell five runs short of his century.A James Anderson ball that was pitched wide from around the stumps invited a faint nick from Parthiv and keeper Kieswetter did the rest. India lost their third wicket on 190. His 95 runs were punctuated by 12 fours. He and Kohli put on 103 runs for the third wicket.Post Parthiv’s fall, Kohli too could not stay for long and an inside edge off Samit Patel crashed into his stumps dislodging his bails. He fell for 55 and India lost their fourth wicket on 206.Post that Rohit Sharma came down to bat but returned after the very first ball that he faced. He got hit by a Stuart Broad delivery in the 38th over. He received some attention from the physio and grimaced when the swollen index finger on his right hand was touched. He felt the field immediately and went to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture.Later, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni batted on to increase the figures on the scoreboard, but at death Raina lost his wicket to Jade Dernbach on 38 when the team total was 266.Skipper Dhoni and tail-ender R Ashwin fell in the last over of the innings as India posted a competitive 274/7 on board.In reply England lost their opener Alastair Cook early with a Praveen Kumar ball taking the inside edge of his bat and crashing into his stumps when the total was just six.Praveen struck again to get rid of Craig Kieswetter, trapping him leg-before when the England score was 21.Soon enough the players were seen walking off and the pitch being covered to ward off the showers. Finally, the match was called off when the England total was 27/2 with Trott and Bell in the middle.
India’s archery campaign at the London Olympics ended on a disappointing note with Deepika Kumari going out in the first elimination round to home favourite Amy Oliver.Deepika had defeated the British girl quite easily whenever they had faced off previously, but at Lord’s on Wednesday, things turned out differently.This was a totally unexpected result. Deepika did not hit any 10s when required, which is very unusual. Normally, she compensates for her low scores by shooting a large number of 10s, but could not manage to do so here.She told us after her match that she did not feel any pressure during her match. However she struggled to assess the tricky conditions.As far as the other archers are concerned, Jayanta Talukdar did not put in a good performance though he was up against a top American.Rahul and Tarundeep made it to the second elimination round, before bowing out. But they showed fight which is a good sign.Chekrovolu Swuro seemed to just give it away after being in control. She first allowed her to draw level at 5-5 and then went down in the shoot-off.In the overall picture of the archers’ performance at the Olympics, the less than perfect start also had a role. They finished quite low down in the ranking round, which could have had an adverse impact on their morale.The fact that the conditions were quite tricky can be gauged from the fact that the topranked men’s archer, Brady Ellison of the United States, lost in the second round and later tweeted that he was thoroughly confused by the wind.advertisementAfter returning to India, one needs to find out what ingredient we are missing as we fail to crack the Olympic code despite going with high hopes. We need a long term programme for the Olympics.Age is no factor in archery and if the current batch can remain fit and focused, they can have another crack at the Olympics.(The writer is a two-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)
If reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has grossed a whopping Rs 150 crore in mere eight days! Seems like Salman Khan’s Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times. Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. Now, the trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore very soon and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.The film released on August 15, 2012.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.advertisement