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Cyclone Vayu likely to cross Gujarat coast early Thursday morning

Cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva early in the morning of Thursday, June 13, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.
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Cyclone Vayu over the Arabian Sea is very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva early in the morning of Thursday, June 13, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
 
A bulletin issued by IMD at 0410 hours today said the cyclonic storm over Eastcentral and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea had moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 11 kmph in the last six hours.
 
It lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of today near latitude 14.2°N and longitude 70.6°E, about 410 km north-northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 600 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 740 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat). 
 
"It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next 24 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph during early morning of 13th June 2019," the bulletin said.
 
Under the influence of the system, widespread rainfall, with heavy falls at isolated places, was likely over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and Konkan & Goa in the next two or three days.
 
In Gujarat, the IMD forecast rainfall at isolated places today; fairly widespread rainfall with heavy falls at isolated places tomorrow; widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Saurashtra and Kutch on June 13; and widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places on June 14.
 
In South Gujarat, there could be rainfall at isolated places today, fairly widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places tomorrow; fairly widespread with heavy falls at isolated places on June 13; and rainfall at a few places on June 14.
 
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The IMD said wind speed is very likely to increase gradually and become gale wind speed reaching 90-100 kmph, gusting to 115 kmph, over Eastcentral & adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea by today evening. It is very likely to be 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph over Lakshadweep area, Kerala, Karnataka & south Maharashtra coasts.
 
Tomorrow, wind speed is very likely to increase further becoming gale wind speed reaching 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea by night. It is very likely to be 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph over Gujarat coast from tomorrow morning and become gale wind speed reaching 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph by 12th night. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over Maharashtra coast.
 
Wind speed is very likely to decrease and become 100-110 kmph gusting to 125 kmph over north Arabian Sea and Gujarat coast in morning hours of June 13 and decrease gradually thereafter. It is very likely to be 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over north Maharashtra coasts & northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea. 
 
The sea condition is very likely to be high to very high over eastcentral & adjoining southeast Arabian Sea today. It is very likely to become very high to phenomenal over eastcentral & adjoining northeast Arabian Sea & Gujarat coast from tomorrow evening and over north Arabian Sea on June 13.
 
"The sea condition is very likely to be rough over Lakshadweep area, along & off Kerala, Karnataka & south Maharashtra coasts today; rough to very rough along & off Maharashtra Coast on 12th; very rough to high along & off Gujarat, north Maharashtra coasts & northern parts of eastcentral Arabian Sea on 13th June.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea in these areas and those out in deep sea were advised to return to the coast.
 
Storm surge of height of about 0.5 m above the astronomical tides was likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts of Gujarat at the time of landfall, the bulletin said.
 
The IMD warned of possible major damage to thatched houses and huts in  Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts, minor damage to power and communication lines, major damage to "Kutcha" and some damage to "Pucca roads", breaking of tree branches and uprooting of large avenue trees. 
 
Apart from total suspension of fishing operations, the bulletin said coastal hutment dwellers should be moved to safer places. People in affected areas should remain indoors, it added.
 
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Modi inaugurates Global Trade Show in run-up to Vibrant Gujarat Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global Trade Show at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre in Gandhinagar on Thursday ahead of the 9th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit that he will open at the same venue on Friday.
 
Modi inaugurates Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global Trade Show at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre here today ahead of the 9th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit that he will open at the same venue tomorrow.
 
Mr. Modi will address the inaugural session of the summit aimed at giving a fillip to investments in Gujarat.
 
At the Global Trade Show, Mr. Modi went around the various pavilions and evinced keen interest in the stalls set up by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) and Khadi weavers, among others.
 
The stalls bring to the fore the Prime Minister's "vision of Make in India with an apt tagline- From Charkha to Chandrayaan," an official press release said.
 
He was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other dignitaries. 
 
The Global Trade Show is spread over an area of 200,000 sq. mts, with more than 25 industrial and business sectors showcasing their ideas, products and designs under one roof.
 
A series of events and programs have been organized alongside the summit. 
 
One of the major attractions today is the Ahmedabad Shopping Festival– 2019 which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister later this evening. 
 
The mascot of the Vibrant Gujarat Ahmedabad Shopping Festival will be unveiled by Mr. Modi on this occasion. 
 
"Ahmedabad Shopping Festival 2019 is the first event of its kind in India and provides an opportunity for the enterprises from the city to showcase their products," it said.
 
In addition to the flagship events organized as part of Vibrant Gujarat, the 9th edition of the Summit will also witness the launch of a completely new set of forums aimed at diversifying the nature of knowledge sharing at the Summit, and intensifying the level of networking between participants.
 
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Vibrant Gujarat Summit was conceptualized in 2003 by Mr. Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat, to re-establish the state as a preferred investment destination. The Summit will provide a platform for brainstorming on agendas of global socio-economic development, knowledge sharing and forging effective partnerships.
 
Vibrant Gujarat 2019 will include a roundtable for opportunities in  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education & Research in India. It will be attended by eminent educationists and key policy makers to prepare the “Roadmap for opportunities in STEM Education & Research in India”.
 
There will be an international conference on STEM,  an exhibition on Futuristic Technologies and Space Exploration which offers a vision of the future of space travel, a seminar on Port Led Development & Strategies to establish India as the Trans-shipment Hub of Asia, a seminar on Make in India to showcase the Success Stories of Make in India program and key interventions by the Government, and a seminar on Opportunities for Industry in Defence & Aerospace to sensitize participants about opportunities in defence and aeronautics in Gujarat, and to deliberate on a way forward for India and Gujarat to emerge as a manufacturing hub for defence and aeronautics.
 
"Since its inception in 2003, Vibrant Gujarat Summit has played the role as a catalyst spurring several other states to come forward with such summits to promote trade and investments there," the release added.
 
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Modi poised for huge win in Gujarat, Congress wrests Himachal from BJP

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both States today.
 
Counting begins in Gujarat, BJP secures early lead

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi appeared set for a third straight term in office as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed towards a huge win in the state but it lost Himachal Pradesh to the Congress as counting of votes progressed in the Assembly elections in both states today.

As results and counting trends became available for all the 182 seats in the Gujarat Assembly, the BJP had won 52 and was leading in 65 others, making for a total of 117 seats, the same number that it has in the outgoing house.
 
The Congress had won 27 seats and was leading in 32 others. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the Congress, had won two seats while the Janata Dal (United), an ally of the BJP, was leading in one constituency. Other parties were ahead in three seats.
 
Adding to the Congress' misery in Gujarat, its state unit chief Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil lost their seats.
 
In Himachal Pradesh, the ruling BJP conceded defeat as the Congress won 34 seats in the 68-member Assembly and was leading in two others. The BJP had won 23 and was ahead in another three, while others had won four and were leading in two more.
 
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted his party had lost and congratulated the winners. He said the reasons for the BJP's defeat, despite his government's good record of governance, would be analysed at party fora in due course.
 
In Gujarat, Mr Modi retained his own seat, Maninagar, bagging 120440 votes against 34097 secured by his nearest rival, Shweta Bhatt, wife of suspended Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt.
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The controversial former Minister of State for Home, Mr Amit Shah of the BJP, won from Naranpura, garnering 103988 votes against the 40653 secured by his rival Jitubhai B Patel of the Congress.
 
In the Ellis Bridge constituency in Ahmedabad, Ms Jagruti Pandya, widow of assassinated former Minister of State for Home Haren Pandya, ended up in the third place. Ms Pandya, a candidate of the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) floated by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, could muster only 9075 votes against Mr Raesh Shah of BJP, who got 106631 votes. Mr Kamleshkumar Shah of the Congress got 29959 votes.
 
Mr Modhwadia lost in Porbandar, getting only 60458 votes against the 77604 votes secured by Mr Babubhai Bokhiria of the BJP. Mr Gohil lost from Bhavnagar (Rural) to Mr Purshottam Solanki of the BJP. Mr Solanki got 83980 votes as against 65426 secured by Mr Gohil.
 
The BJP had won 117 seats in the Gujarat Assembly in the last elections in 2007, while the Congress had 59 seats.
 
Counting of votes began in both states at 0800 hours today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly were held in two phases on December 13 and 17, when a record 71.3 per cent of the 38 million voters had exercised their franchise.
 
Polling for the 68 seats in the Himachal Pradesh assembly was held in a single phase on November 4, and about 74.7 per cent of the 4.60 million voters had cast their votes.
 
The supporters of Mr Modi, who has been in office since 2001, are hoping that, with yet another big win, he would be propelled to the centrestage of national politics and become the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Exit polls had predicted a huge win for Mr Modi again this year, while they had given a slight edge in a close contest in Himachal Pradesh.
 
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Golf: Shamim Khan coasts to three-shot win in Kensville Open

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Delhi’s Shamim Khan coasted to a comfortable three-shot win in the Rs. 40-lakh Kensville Open at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near here on Sunday.
 
The experienced Shamim, the overnight leader by two shots, posted a tenacious two-under-70 in the final round to emerge as the wire-to-wire champion with a winning total of 13-under 275. Khan thus lifted his 15th trophy on the Tata Steel PGTI which also accounted for his overall 17th professional win.
 
Pune-based Udayan Mane, the only player besides Shamim to return four sub-par rounds during the tournament, came up with a last round of 71 to secure the runner-up spot at 10-under 278.
 
Khan (66-68-71-70), who held the lead in all the three previous rounds, enjoyed his best day with the putter as he sank five birdies at the cost of three bogeys. The 41-year-old stretched his lead to three shots at the turn having made two 20-feet birdie conversions on the front-nine. He dropped two bogeys on the back-nine after finding a tree on one hole and a hazard on the other, but he still managed to close out the match with two birdies even as the others were unable to catch up with him.
 
Shamim’s first title after a one-year gap earned him prize money worth Rs. 6,46,600 that pushed him up from 30th place to 14th position in the Tata Steel PGTI Order of Merit.
 
Khan, known to have one of the most smooth golf swings in Indian golf, said, “I putted the best today as compared to the last three rounds and that set up my win. I also recovered well from tough positions on a couple of holes to make good bogeys. I knew I had it in the bag after I birdied the 14th and Udayan bogeyed the 15th. At that stage, my lead grew to four shots with three holes left to play. I knew I could play safe from there on and win."
 
“This win really raises my confidence as it was achieved with a double-digit total score on a difficult course. In fact, only two players, Udayan and me, had a double-digit total this week. That reflects the tough scoring conditions at Kensville.  
 
“I wasn’t having a great season until I arrived in Ahmedabad. But I feel that I can now carry this form into the last three events of the season,” added Shamim, the only man with career earnings in excess of Rs. 4 crore on the PGTI.
 
Udayan Mane (69-67-71-71), lying two off the lead in tied-second after round three, shot a 71 on day four that featured three birdies and two bogeys. Mane had a poor start as he bogeyed the first hole. However, Udayan was looking good for a late surge when he picked up birdies on the eighth, ninth and 11th. He drained a 25-footer on the eighth and tapped-in on the 11th.
 
But missing the fairway with his drive on the 15th put paid to Mane’s hopes as he bogeyed that hole to concede an almost unassailable four-shot lead to Shamim.
 
The 28-year-old Udayan, said, “My opening hole bogey and Shamim’s two early birdies gave him the advantage. Shamim then matched me birdie for birdie so I didn’t really have too many opportunities. Nonetheless, I’m happy with the overall quality of my game this week.” 
 
Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha shot the day’s joint-lowest round of 68 to claim tied-third place at six-under282 along with Om Prakash Chouhan (71) of Mhow. Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat, the winner on the PGTI last week, took a share of fifth place along with Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia at five-under 283.
 
Ahmedabad’s Jay Pandya ended the tournament as the best amateur in tied-21st with a total of even-par 288. Last year’s champion Tapy Ghai of Gurugram took tied 29th place at three-over 291. Anshul Patel, the other Ahmedabad-based amateur who made the cut, finished 50th at 12-over 200.
 
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Golf: Shamim Khan opens up two-shot lead in round three to emerge as title favourite

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Delhi’s Shamim Khan opened up a two-shot lead at 11-under 205 to emerge as the title favourite after round three of the Kensville Open 2019 Presented by Tata Steel PGTI, a Rs. 40 lakh event, at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near here on Saturday.
 
Shamim struck a steady one-under 71 in windy conditions not ideal for scoring and  thus continued at the top of the leaderboard for the third consecutive day.
 
Pune-based Udayan Mane, a winner on the Tata Steel PGTI earlier this year, too, fired a 71 to move up one spot into tied-second place at nine-under 207. Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia, the overnight joint leader, dropped to tied second after a round of 73 on Saturday.
 
Khan (66-68-71), the joint half-way leader, raced into the sole lead after a determined effort in tough conditions. A 14-time winner on the Tata Steel PGTI, Khan made a couple of quality chip-putts for par on the front-nine before earning his first birdie of the day with a 35-feet conversion on the 11th.
 
Khan then set-up a tap-in birdie on the 15th but conceded his only bogey of the day on the very next hole after finding the bunker.
 
The 41-year-old Khan said, “I played percentage golf today. The wind made it difficult to score birdies but I was in control of my round thanks to some good hitting. A couple of accurate chip shots on the front-nine made sure that I did not leave myself any tough par-saves."
 
“It’s not been the best of seasons as per my standards so I’m looking to turn the tide with a win now,” added Khan, who won his last title one year back.
 
Udayan Mane (69-67-71) also made two birdies and a bogey on day three. Mane and Khan are only among five players who have shot three sub-par rounds so far this week. Udayan’s resolute effort saw him find 13 out of 14 fairways and 17 greens in regulation out of 18. Mane struggled with his putting though as he had 35 putts.
 
The 28-year-old Mane said, “I created a number of chances with my clean hitting but it was a day of missed opportunities on the greens. A better putting performance on the final day will definitely put me in contention.”  
 
Sunit Chowrasia (67-67-73), like Mane, had a forgettable day with the putter, following two brilliant rounds of 67. A nephew of Indian golf legend SSP Chawrasia, he mixed three birdies with four bogeys on a day he made three three-putts. The 25-year-old, searching for his maiden title, also made his third chip-in of the week, for par on the 13th.
 
Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah fired four straight birdies during his round of 70 that placed him tied fourth at six-under 210 along with Delhi’s Arjun Prasad who turned in a card of 74 on Saturday.
 
Chennai youngster Shivnaren Srinivasan shot the third day’s best score of four-under 68 to move into tied ninth place at three-under 213.
 
Ahmedabad-based amateur Jay Pandya closed the day in tied-26th at one-over217 while his city mate Anshul Patel ended round three in tied-37th at four-over 220 along with defending champion Tapy Ghai of Gurugram.
 
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Golf: Sunit Chowrasia fires second straight 67 to join Shamim Khan at the top in round two

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Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia shot a second straight five-under 67 to join Delhi’s Shamim Khan in the half-way lead at the Kensville Open 2019 presented by Tata Steel PGTI, a Rs. 40 lakh event, being played at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near Ahmedabad.
 
Sunit and Shamim, who carded a 68 on Friday, had identical totals of 10-under 134 after 36 holes. Pune-based Udayan Mane (67) and Delhi’s Arjun Prasad (70) were two shots off the lead in tied-third place.
 
The cut fell at two-over 146. Fifty professionals and two amateurs made the cut. PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan (Delhi) missed the cut by one shot as he totaled three-over 147.
 
Chowrasia (67-67), who was in third place and one shot off the lead after round one, was exceptional around the greens on day two as he produced a second straight 67. Chowrasia enjoyed a solid start as he made a chip-in for par on the 12th followed by a tough two-putt for par on the 13th and an eagle chip-in on the 14th.
 
The 25-year-old Sunit, the nephew of  veteran  S S P Chawrasia, added four more birdies and a bogey thereafter which included a 12-feet birdie conversion on the third to end up with the day’s joint lowest round.
 
Sunit, who turned professional in 2018, said, “I didn’t strike the ball as well today as compared to round one. Nonetheless, I managed to get a good start thanks to my short-game as I made two chip-ins early on that lifted my confidence. I played well on the par-5s today having made an eagle and two birdies.
 
“I had not been finishing my rounds well earlier in the year and that affected my results. But I’ve fared much better on that front recently and that reflects in my top-20 finishes at the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational and the IndianOil Servo Masters Golf.
 
“The experience of having done reasonably well at Kensville last year with a tied 11th finish, has given me the confidence to perform well at this venue once again. My course management has been good so far this week.”
 
Khan (66-68), the round one joint leader, continued in the lead on day two after draining six birdies at the expense of two bogeys. Khan was four-under and error-free through his first 11 holes thus staring at an outright lead. But two birdies and bogeys each over the next five holes slowed down his progress.
 
Shamim said, “I did not finish the round as per my expectations so I’m a little disappointed. But I’m still well-placed and have a good platform to build on for the last two rounds.”
 
Prasad, the round one joint leader, slipped to tied third at eight-under-136 after a flawless 70 on Friday. Udayan Mane fired a 67, the day’s joint lowest score, to join Prasad in tied third place.
 
Delhi-based Naman Dawar made an eagle-two on the 12th during his round of 68 that placed him fifth and seven-under137. 
 
Amateur Jay Pandya was the highest-placed among the Ahmedabad-based golfers. Pandya was in tied 13th at three-under 141. Defending champion Tapy Ghai of Gurugram was a further shot back in tied 18th. 
 
Amateur Anshul Patel was only the second Ahmedabad-based golfer after Jay Pandya to have made the cut. Patel’s total of two-over 146 placed him tied 43rd.
 
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Golf: Shamim Khan, Arjun Prasad take early lead at Kensville Open

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Delhi-based golfers, the seasoned Shamim Khan and youngster Arjun Prasad, took the early lead at the third edition of the Rs 40-lakh prize money Kensville Open at the  Kensville Golf & Country Club near here on Thursday.
 
PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan ( Delhi) and defending champion Tapy Ghai of Gurugram carded scores of 74 to be placed tied 62nd.
 
The 41-year-old Shamim and the 20-year-old Arjun returned scores of six-under-66 in the first round to establish a one-shot advantage over Kolkata’s Sunit Chowrasia (67) who was placed third.
 
After an opening-hole birdie, Shamim Khan got his round going with two 20-feet birdie conversions on the sixth and ninth. Shamim’s much-improved putting display this week saw him pick up three more birdies from a range of seven to eight feet on the 12th, 14th and 15th.
 
Shamim, a 14-time winner on the PGTI, then pushed his tee shot to the right on the par-3 16th that resulted in his only bogey of the day. Khan finally sank his third 20-footer of the day for a birdie on the closing 18th.
 
Shamim said, “I’ve not played up to my expectations this season. My hitting has been consistent but my putting average has been poor most of this year and that has affected my results especially at some of the bigger events. I’ve not putted well from a range of seven to eight feet recently.
 
“However, today my putting was much better and that helped me score well. I did drain some crucial putts from a range of seven to eight feet. That is exactly what is required on this course along with good driving.
 
"I’ve done well at this venue in the past having finished tied third at the Kensville Open 2017 so I’m hopeful of turning around my form this week,” added Khan, currently placed 30th in the Tata Steel PGTI Order of Merit.
 
Arjun Prasad, who finished a creditable tied 11th at the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open India earlier this month, continued to impress with another top-notch effort. Prasad, like co-leader Shamim, fired seven birdies at the cost of a lone bogey.
 
Arjun, who was driving the ball well, got his first birdie on his fifth hole, the 14th, but then there was no looking back for him as he collected four more birdies over the next six holes. Prasad had an eventful final stretch as he found the hazard and dropped a shot on the sixth before converting a 30-footer for birdie on the next hole. He added a final birdie to his card on the eighth.
 
Prasad said, “I kept the errors out today and managed to get myself out of some tough situations. I had a good game-plan and saved par whenever I missed the fairway. My driving and putting were solid. I feel I’ve been in good rhythm since the Panasonic Open India, my last event.”
 
Sunit Chowrasia with five birdies and a bogey was placed third while the trio consisting of Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha and Kolkata’s Raju Ali Mollah were a further shot back at four-under-68 in tied fourth.
 
Among the Ahmedabad-based players, amateur Jay Pandya was the highest-placed. Pandya occupied tied 13th as he shot a 70. 
 
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Ahmedabad–Kandla daily direct flight starts under UDAN/RCS

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Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, has flagged off its first direct flight between Ahmedabad and the port town Kandla in Gujarat, making it the 228th route under the UDAN, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
 
Kandla is Alliance Air’s 55th destination under UDAN. The flight will operate from Monday to Friday.
 
This is the third flight to operate from Kandla airport. Currently, Spicejet and Truejet operate a daily flight for Mumbai and Ahmedabad. It also provides better connectivity for Kutch commercial hub Gandhidham and the country’s major port, Deendayal Port.
 
"Under the UDAN scheme, there has been a commendable increase of 242% in air traffic on RCS routes which has efficiently strengthened the overall aviation network while providing the services at a modest market-discovered price to the common man," an official press release said.
 
Alliance Air is now operating on 50 routes allotted to it under the UDAN-RCS scheme and has also begun operations to and from Chandigarh-Dharamshala from November 16 that it bagged in the UDAN 2 & UDAN 3.1 of UDAN-RCS route.
 
Through its codeshare with Air India, Alliance Air not only provides regional connectivity within the country but also offers seamless connectivity to regional passengers on Air India’s network in India and abroad, the release said.
 
UDAN will connect all the States and UTs of the country with around 700 routes laying the foundation of a new regional segment in India’s aviation market, it added.
 
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TT: Preyesh, Pritha crowned Sub-Junior winners

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Suresh Raj Preyesh added his third Sub-Junior Boys trophy of the season with an emphatic 4-0 win over Tharun Shanmugham in the UTT National Ranking (Central Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the SAG Sports Complex here today.
 
Suhana Saini, too, was in line for her third title but a momentary lapse in concentration in the decider cost her  the trophy as Pritha Vartikar of Maharashtra made one of the finest recoveries in recent times to wear her maiden Sub-Junior Girls crown. The Maharashtra girl won 4-3.
 
Preyesh proved too good in the all-Tamil Nadu left-handers’ final. Preyesh, with his excellent service variations and clever placing, often caught Tharun on the wrong foot. Even otherwise, the latter was unable to cope with the pressure of a final against someone who has a proven record in title-clashes.
 
In the semi-finals, Preyesh had it rather easy against UP’s Divyansh Srivastava, winning 4-1. But Tharun had to fight a bit before subduing Sarth Mishra, also of UP, 4-2. It was unfortunate that Sarth wilted under pressure after levelling the score at 2-2 and after deuce in the decider as the Tamil Nadu boy clinched the last two crucial points.
 
Haryana’s Suhana had a bad opening but managed to level 2-2 and then 3-3 before surging ahead with a 5-0 and 8-5 lead in the decider. But her relaxed play at the crucial moment and a few negatives gave the breathing space to Pritha who levelled at 9-9. On her serve, Suhana fumbled but Pritha collected the last two points, even as Suhana walked smiling cursing her fate.
 
Suhana led 3-1 in her semi-final before dropping another game. Yet, the determined Haryana paddler seized the moment in the sixth to wrap up a 4-2 victory against Prithoki Chakraborty of West Bengal. However, it was a long-drawn battle for Pritha against Tamil Nadu’s Kavyashree Baskar as both matched each other’s guile and were tied 3-3. In the decider, a superior Pritha slammed the door on Kavyashree to win 4-3.
 
In Cadet Boys’ final, it was a Priyanuj Bhattacharrya show as he wound up the season with his second title. Today, he defeated Tamil Nadu’s Abhinand 4-1 to take a further step in his fledgeling career. Extremely quick to adapt, the PSPB paddler had the TN boy in all sorts of trouble and went 2-1 up. But soon after, he finished the match in style.
 
Earlier in the semi-finals, Abhinand had to play extraordinarily to post a 3-2 win against Sudhanshu Maini after trailing 0-2. The Tamil Nadu boy put up a good fight in the first extended game but lost the second tamely. However, he bounced back to take the next three games. In the case of Priyanuj, it was a close call in the third game which would have allowed his rival from Tamil Nadu, Umesh Kumar, some leeway but he sealed it in his favour as well as the next to win 3-1.
 
In Cadet Girls’ final, Sharvani Nagam of Tamil Nadu made up for her final losses twice over, in the East Zone as well as in the West Zone, when she put it across Diya Brahmachary of West Bengal 4-0 to win her maiden title this season. Diya, the title winner at Sonepat and Thiruvananthapuram, came a cropper against the TN girl who showed her intent right from the word go.
 
In the last-four stage matches, Sharvani avenged her title loss in West Zone when she beat the eventual winner, Jennifer Varghese of Maharashtra 3-2. At a precarious 1-3 position, none would have given the TN paddler a grain of chance but she did well to come to stage a comeback and snatch victory by taking the last two games. For Diya Bramhachary, it was even more difficult as she trailed 0-2 but the West Bengal girl beat her state mate Nandini Saha 3-2.
 
In the Boys and Girls finals (U13-U15) categories, Rajveer Shah and Pritha Vartikar, both from Maharashtra, lifted the titles beating state mates Havish Asrani and Taneesha Kotecha, respectively. They registered a laboured 3-2 triumphs.
 
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Table Tennis: Suhana, Preyesh are Sub-Junior top seeds

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Haryana’s Suhana Saini, with maximum ranking points in her kitty, has been given the pride of place, as Delhi’s Lakshita Narang followed her closely at No. 2 spot when the seeding was drawn for the Sub-Junior Girls in the UTT National Ranking (Central Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the SAG Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
 
The other six seeds that follow them in that order include Kavyashree Baskar of Tamil Nadu, Taneesha Kotecha of Maharashtra, Nehal Venkatasamy of Tamil Nadu, Nilishma Sarkar of West Bengal, Pritha Vartikar of Maharashtra and Sneha Bowmick, also of West Bengal.
 
Similarly, Preyesh Raj Suresh of Tamil Nadu, yet again touted as the favourite to win the title, and Sarth Mishra of UP have been given the top billings among Sub-Junior Boys as No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. The others who are behind them include Jash Modi of Maharashtra, Divyansh Srivastava of UP, Ankur Bhattacharjee of West Bengal, Shivam Chandra, also of UP, while Aadil Anand and Rajveer Shah, both of Maharashtra, at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.
 
Not only the top eight seeds in both sections will enjoy first-round byes, but 16 among the 32 qualifiers will benefit from the largesse as the main draw will be of 64 slots. Indeed, the top group qualifiers will be the first ones to reap the benefits with a few others joining in a random draw.
 
With the Cadet and Sub-Junior Nationals at Dharamsala just four days away, the thin attendance of players, which resulted in several walkovers, is understandable but the pullouts have given a breather to those in the fray as the notable players have preferred to opt out of the last championships.  
 
Maharashtra, expectedly, topped the chart of qualifiers with their sheer number of participants as seven of their girls have made the main draw cut with Tamil Nadu following them with seven qualifiers. With more pullouts from West Bengal, only five of their girls could make it to the second stage with Delhi at fourth place with three players in the main draw.
 
Jeeya Lakhani of Gujarat was the lone representative for the hosts who, too, like many others benefited from walkover in group 13.
 
Among the Sub-Junior Boys, West Bengal lead the list with seven of their paddlers qualifying for the main draw while Maharashtra (5), Tamil Nadu and Gujarat (5 each) have a big say in the qualification rounds.
 
Among the Gujarat qualifiers, Sumith Nair and Harsh Patel figure among the early group toppers even as Mahiraj Jadeja and Dhyey Shah from the latter groups have made the cut.
 
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Table Tennis: Ghosh, Sutirtha make it a grand Haryana affair

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Haryana reigned supreme as Soumyajit Ghosh claimed his first title in three years and Sutirtha Mukherjee her first this season in the UTT National Ranking (Central Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the SAG Sports Complex here today.
 
In the all-Haryana men singles final, Soumyajit defeated Jeet Chandra 4-1 and Sutirtha laboured to a 4-3 win against West Bengal’s Prapti Sen in the women singles title match.
 
With bigger seeds out of the reckoning, things became rather easy for Soumyajit but he had to cross the Jeet hurdle. Fortunately for the former national champion, his rival suffered a side back strain with Soumyajit leading 2-0. Yet, the youngster managed to take a game off him before being subdued.
 
Soumyajit had reached the final of the 2017 Senior Nationals at Ranchi, held in January 2018. Before that, he had made a token appearance in one national ranking event in 2017 without making any impression.
 
If Jeet was in sublime form, Soumyajit was definitely returning to his old self with consistency. It was very much visible throughout when the two deservingly made it to the final, especially Soumyajit, who has been trying to pick up the thread from where he had left it.
 
The PSPB lad, Birdie Boro, who had a roller-coaster ride until the semis found his nemesis in a rampaging Jeet who just allowed his rival the first-game liberty. After that it was Jeet and the PSPB paddler (1-4) slowly faded away. Soumyajit, growing in confidence with every match, beat the tricky Sushmit Sriram 4-1. After winning the first game on his third game-point, the Haryana player dropped the second. But soon he seized the moments to slam the door on his Tamil Nadu opponent.
 
Sutirtha, trailing 1-2, proved a better player in the final when a tired Prapti—she is in the Youth final as well—could not rise to the occasion in the fourth, just about managing a couple of points. Even though she came back in the next, she had lost her tempo which allowed the Haryana woman to claw her way back. In a neck-and-neck decider,  she was able to stop the West Bengal girl two points short of the target to log her first full points.
 
However, in the semi-finals, Sutirtha managed to drag the issue to the decider and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat from a spirited Anusha Kutumbale of Madhya Pradesh. Leading 3-1, she allowed the MP girl to come too close for her comfort, allowing the latter level 3-3. After taking the next game, the top-seed had the upper hand in the decider but let Anusha go 10-8 up.
 
At deuce, Sutirtha’s confidence returned when Anusha, with the serve on, failed to convert and Sutirtha ended her ordeal by clinching the winner soon after. And for the second-seed Ayhika Mukherjee the curtain came down when she went down tamely to promising junior Prapti Sen, who stroked her way using the flanks cleverly to outwit her senior opponent in straight games.
 
In Youth Boys final, brushing aside his troubled back, Jeet blanked out Deepit R. Patil of Maharashtra 4-0 to lift the trophy and the Youth Girls crown went the way of Anusha Kutumbale of Madhya Pradesh who downed her West Bengal opponent, Prapti Sen, also by the same margin.
 
Jeet had the first two games rather easy but then he found it difficult when his back pain increased in the third and fourth. He was unable to receive or return on his backhand and Deepit took advantage in both extended games before Jeet finally clinched the winning point.
 
Of the four Delhi boys in the quarters, only Payas and Parth managed to reach the semi-finals but, in the final, they could not sustain the form and aggression which they showed in earlier rounds.
 
But Payas did pull off a gold medal in the company of Vanshika Bhargava when the Delhi duo beat Railways’ Anirban Ghosh and Shruti Amrute 3-2 in a tight mixed doubles final, after leading 2-0.
 
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TT: Jeet sends top-seed Sanil packing; Sutirtha in semi-finals

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Fifth-seed Haryana boy Jeet Chandra sent top-seeded Sanil Shetty packing to join state mate Somyajit Ghosh in the semi-finals of the UTT National Ranking (Central Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the SAG Sports Complex here today.
 
Ghosh defeated Anirban Nandi of Railways 4-1 while others who joined them in the next round for the title race included Sushmit Sriram of Tamil Nadu who beat Ronit Bhanja of West Bengal 4-1 and Birdie Boro accounted for a fighting Nitin Thiruvengadam of BBSCB 4-2 to book their semi-final spots.
 
Among the other women seeds that followed Archana Kamath’s ouster, included West Zone winner Sreeja Akula and Madhurika Patkar while top-seeded Sutirtha Mukherjee of Haryana survived against a fighting Railways’ Sagarika Mukherjee 4-3. Ayhika Mukehrjee, too, struggled before overcoming Reeth Rishya 4-3.
 
Earlier, third-seeded Sudhanshu Grover went down to Ronit Bhanja 2-4 in the pre-quarters like fifth seed Archana Kamath who was consumed 4-0 by Anusha Kutumbale. Sudhanshu was found wanting as he not only failed to keep the ball on the table but also gave away quite a few negative points to his opponent. Nevertheless, Ronit hit a nice rhythm and had good counters to whatever was sent down by Sudhanshu. The match also witnessed good rallies with several winners coming Ronit’s way.
 
But other seeded players defied the trend in both sections and marched into the quarter-finals, like fifth-seeded Jeet Chandra and Soumyajit Ghosh, both from Haryana, who won in contrasting styles. Ghosh easily defeated his former PSPB mate Subhajit Saha 4-1, while Jeet struggled, taking an extra game to outlast LIC’s Sougata Sarkar. But the interesting match-up was between old warhorse Anirban Nandi of Railways and promising youngster Abimanyu Mitra of West Bengal, which the Railways paddler won 4-1.  Equally difficult it was for Sushmit Srriram who had to play his best to beat Sourav Saha of Haryana 4-2 and Nitin Thiruvengadam making most of the negative points from Ravindra Kotiyan of Railways to register his triumph 4-3.
 
After Archana’s struggle, Madhurika Patkar was almost taken the full distance by Railways Kaushani Nath. It was a real hard-fought win for sixth-seeded Prapti Sen against experienced Pooja Sahasrabudhe. Pooja, trailing 0-2 did well to level the score but it was the West Bengal girl who had the last laugh winning the last three games to progress. Second-seed Ayhika Mukherjee should thank her stars for being let off by the inexperienced young Tamil Nadu paddler, Kowshika Venkatesan, who lost the decider after deuce.
 
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Upsets galore in Central Zone Table Tennis Championships

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Among the top eight men seeds, third-seeded Sudhanshu Grover was denied entry into the men singles quarter-finals when he went down to Ronit Bhanja 2-4 in the UTT National Ranking (Central Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the SAG Sports Complex here today.
 
This followed the exit of second-seed Manush and fourth-seed Siddesh Pande yesterday, even as fifth seed Archana Kamath joined the game as she bowed out of the women singles without a fight when Anusha Kutumbale of Madhya Pradesh thrashed her 4-0.
 
The West Bengal paddler played brilliantly but the PSPB player was found wanting as he not only failed to keep the ball on the table but also gave away quite a few negative points to his opponent. Nevertheless, Ronit hit a nice rhythm and had good counters to whatever was sent down by Sudhanshu. The match also witnessed good rallies with several winners coming Ronit’s way.
 
Other seeded players defied the few upsets in both sections and marched into the quarter-finals, like fifth-seeded Jeet Chandra and Soumyajit Ghosh, both from Haryana, who won in contrasting styles. It was, more or less, an easy outing for Ghosh who defeated his former PSPB mate Subhajit Saha 4-1, while Jeet, who took an extra game to outlast LIC’s Sougata Sarkar, struggled. But the interesting match-up was between old warhorse Anirban Nandi of Railways and promising youngster Abimanyu Mitra of West Bengal. 
 
In the match, Railways paddler defeated his rival 4-1 to secure his place in the quarters.  Equally difficult it was for sixth-seed Sushmit Srriram who had to play out of his skin to beat Sourav Saha of Haryana 4-2 while Nitin Thiruvengadam of BBSCB made most of the negative points from Ravindra Kotiyan of Railways to register his triumph 4-3.
 
Fifth-seeded Archana Kamath, running a low form, yet again became a victim in the pre-quarter-final when Anusha Kutumbale beat her in straight games. Archana, who is struggling of late, could not cope with the mental pressure for a few tournaments now and succumbed. However, there was no further damage as the remaining six seeds advanced to the quarter-finals.
 
Yet, it was not an easy passage for former national champion Madhurika Patkar who was almost taken the full distance by Railways Kaushani Nath. It was a real hard-fought win for sixth-seeded Prapti Sen against experienced Pooja Sahasrabudhe.
 
Pooja, trailing 0-2, did well to level the score but it was the West Bengal girl who had the last laugh winning the last three games to progress. Second-seed Ayhika Mukherjee should thank her stars for being let off by the inexperienced young Tamil Nadu paddler, Kowshika Venkatesan, who lost the decider after deuce.
 
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2nd T20: Rohit dismantles Bangladesh as India level series

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Rohit Sharma smashed a whirlwind 43-ball 85 in his 100th T20 international as India rode his heroics to register a facile eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second rubber here on Thursday to level the three-match series 1-1.
 
India had lost the first T20 by seven wickets.
 
Chasing a modest 154 for victory, Rohit looked at his imperious best from the word go as he hit six fours and six sixes to take the tie away from the visitors single-handedly.
 
Rohit was looking good for his fifth T20 century but fell short in the end as he was caught by substitute Mohammad Mithun at deep midwicket off Aminul Islam in the 13th over.
 
Shikhar Dhawan -- with whom he shared a 118-run stand which is their fourth century partnership in T20 cricket -- was the first to be dismissed. Dhawan played second fiddle all along and scored 31 before trying to step out and hit the ball for a six and losing his leg stump in the process to Islam.
 
In the end, Shreyas Iyer smashed 24 off just 13 balls to remain unbeaten along with KL Rahul (8 not out) as India won with 26 balls to spare.The night, though, belonged to Rohit. Leading from the front after missing a catch of Liton Das earlier in the day, the ace batsman, who became the second Indian to play 100 T20I internationals, brought up his 18th T20 fifty off just 23 balls and then smashed Mosaddek Hossain for three back-to-back sixes in the 10th over to underline his ruthlessness.
 
Rohit never looked in any sort of discomfort as he milked the Bangladesh bowlers around. Rohit hit the ball for sixes, and his fours were as elegant as you can get.
 
Dhawan could only applaud some of his shots from the other end as Rohit joined Shoaib Malik of Pakistan (111) and Indian women's cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur (100) in becoming only the third cricketer to play 100 international matches in the shortest format of the game in style.
 
He walked off the ground, after being dismissed, to a rousing reception.
 
Earlier, Indian bowlers led by Yuzvendra Chahal (2/28) made an impressive comeback towards the back end of the innings to restrict Bangladesh to 153/6 in the must-win match.
 
Put in to bat first, Bangladesh could not capitalise on a good start as Chahal's double breakthrough in the 13th over helped the hosts back into the contest. Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad helped Bangladesh cross the 150-mark with a quickfire 30 off 21 balls.
 
Pacer Deepak Chahar (1/25) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (1/25) did manage to stem the flow of runs but Khaleel Ahmed had a forgettable outing as he was taken for seven boundaries in his last seven consecutive deliveries in the T20 international after Mohammad Naim smashed him for three successive boundaries in the second over as Bangladesh raced to 54/0 after six overs.
 
Rishabh Pant had a bad day too as he messed up an easy stumping in the sixth over off Chahal by leaving a little part of his gloves ahead of the stumps while collecting the ball. It was, therefore, called a no-ball and the visitors got a free hit off which Liton hit two back-to-back to add salt to India's wounds.
 
Rohit also dropped Das but Pant made amends by running Das out for 29 in the 8th over to get India's first breakthrough and end the 60-run opening wicket stand between Das and Naim. And then Chahal picked two wickets in the 13th over -- Mushfiqur Rahim (4 off 6 balls), who gave a sitter to Krunal Pandya and then removed a set Soumya Sarkar (30 off 20 balls; 2x4, 1x6) -- as Bangladesh were struggling at 103/4. Sarkar was stumped by Pant. Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain (6) tried to accelerate with a 25 run-stand but Khaleel broke the partnership by dismissing Hossain to leave Bangladesh reeling at 128/5.
 
They managed to cross the 150-run-mark as the bowlers bowled in the right areas.
 
Brief scores: Bangladesh 153/6 in 20 overs (Mohammad Naim 36, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/28); India 154/2 in 15.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 85; Aminul Islam 2/29)
 
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Toss: India win toss, ask Bangladesh to bat first in 2nd T20I

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India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first against Bangladesh in the second T20 here on Thursday. 
 
After winning the first T20 in the national capital by seven runs, Bangladesh have gone in with an unchanged squad. Even India have decided to play the same XI.
 
"Rajkot has always been a good track despite some cracks. Think there may be dew later, so life will be easier for the batsmen. Aware of our poor chasing record, but that's not why. We just want to do something different from the last game. Priority is always to win the game first. The set of boys we have are new and I want to make them comfortable.
 
"When you have a score in front of you, then the batsmen know what sort of tempo they need to bat with. We have all the stats in our mind and we know how we bat first. But we want to do well here. No changes because our performances in the last game were right up there, barring a few mistakes," Rohit said at the toss.
 
"I don't think so (about toss being a factor). Pitch looks really hard, nice to bat on. I would have loved to bowl first too but now will want to put some runs on the board. It's a good opportunity for all of us (to win the series). Need put all these thoughts aside and do the basics well. Important for the senior players to do well. Even the youngsters have done well," Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah said.
 
It rained heavily on Wednesday night, but the weather got better as the day progressed on Thursday.
 
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain
 
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
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100th T20I game for India a moment of pride: Rohit

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Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma will achieve a rare feat on Thursday when he takes the field in the second T20I of the three-match series against Bangladesh here on Thursday. Rohit will become the only Indian player and second globally to feature in 100 T20I games.
 
Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (111 T20Is) is the only player to have played more than 100 games in the shortest format of the game at the international level.
 
Speaking on achieving the milestone, Rohit said: "Firstly, I never thought I would play so many games. I am grateful for the opportunity I got in the past and till date as well. It has been a long journey since I made my debut as there had been many ups and downs. I have now understood my game. Yes, I am very happy where I stand right now," the skipper was quoted as saying by bcci.tv.
 
He also admitted playing the 100th T20I game for India was a moment of pride for him.
 
Termed as 'Hitman', Rohit has slammed four centuries in the shortest format of the game. However, he said he is not very keen to term any particular knock as a 'special' one and whatever innings results in winning cause makes him happy.
 
"I can't rate any of the knocks as special. I have never been fond of rating any particular knock as I love all my knocks," he expressed. "I look forward to many more memorable knocks as well," Rohit added.
 
Rohit has been prolific in T20Is, scoring 2452 runs with four hundreds to his name and 17 fifties. On Sunday, the Mumbai batsman reclaimed the top spot in the list of highest run-scorer in T20Is during the first game against the Bangla Tigers at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
 
Rohit has been trading the top spot with regular skipper Virat Kohli for some time now and it was the latter who was leading the chart with 2,450 runs to his name. Rohit was eight runs behind Kohli going into the first T20I against Bangladesh, and he had closed the gap in the first over of the game.
 
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IMD issues cyclone warning for Gujarat as Maha approaches the state

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a cyclone alert for Gujarat, saying that the extremely severe cyclonic storm "Maha" over the Arabian Sea was likely to weaken and cross its coast by the early hours of November 7, between Diu and Porbandar, as a cyclonic storm.
 
"It is very likely to intensify further till 5th November morning and weaken thereafter. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards slowly during next 18 hours, re-curve eastnortheastwards and move rapidly thereafter. It is very likely to cross Gujarat coast between Diu and Porbandar as a Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph by early hours of 7th November, 2019," a bulletin issued by IMD said.
 
The bulletin said Maha (pronounced as M'maha), over eastcentral Arabian Sea, had intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm in the evening yesterday over the same region. Moving west-northwestwards, it further intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm in the early morning of today over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral Arabian Sea. 
 
"At 1130 hrs IST of today, it lay centered over the same region near latitude 18.6°N and longitude 64.3°E, about 680 km west-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat), 730 km westsouthwest of Diu and 650 km west-southwest of Porbandar," the bulletin said.
 
According to the bulletin, under the influence of the system, light to moderate rainfall was likely at many places in Gujarat, such as Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad, Porbandar and Rajkot on November 6, with heavy to very falls at a few places. It said there could be isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Bhavnagar, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad and Vadodara on November 7.
 
In Maharashtra, there could be light to moderate rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy falls, over north Madhya Maharashtra and north Konkan (Palghar & Thane districts) on November 6 and the northern-most districts of Madhya Maharashtra on November 7.
 
The IMD said said squally winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were likely to commence over northeast Arabian Sea along and off Gujarat coast from November 6 morning. It is very likely to increase gradually, becoming 80-90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph along and off Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Diu and Amreli districts and 60-80 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph over Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad, Botad, Porbandar and Rajkot districts, 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph, over Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli from November 6 evening for the next 12 hours. They will decrease thereafter, it said.
 
The bulletin said squally winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were likely along and off the Maharashtra coast from the morning of November 6. They are very likely to increase, becoming 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph from November 6 evening along and off Palghar and Thane coasts for the next 12 hours.
 
According to it, gale winds, with speed reaching 160-170 kmph, gusting to 190 kmph, are prevailing over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral Arabian Sea around the system centre. They are very likely to increase gradually over east-central Arabian Sea, becoming 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph, over westcentral and adjoining eastcentral & northwest Arabian Sea by midnight of today, and decrease thereafter.
 
The sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off Gujarat coast from November 6 morning and becoming high from that evening.
 
The sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off north Maharashtra coast on November 6.
 
Sea condition will be phenomenal over eastcentral and adjoining westcentral and northwest Arabian Sea till tomorrow and will be very high on November 6. Sea condition will be high over westcentral Arabian Sea from tomorrow evening and improve thereafter. It will be very high to high over northeast Arabian Sea during November 4-6.
 
Storm surge of 1 meter above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Bhavnagar District and 0.5 – 1.0 meter above astronomical tide is likely to inundate low lying areas of Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Surat, Bharuch, Anand, Ahmedabad and Porbandar districts around the time of landfall.
 
The bulletin called for total suspension of fishing operations in the affected areas for the time being and advised fishermen out at sea to return to the coast.
 
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Modi says abrogation of Article 370 will defeat forces challenging unity of India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that those who could not win wars against India were challenging its unity and the government had taken a major decision to defeat such forces with the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, at the Statue of Unity, in Kevadiya, Gujarat on October 31, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, at the Statue of Unity, in Kevadiya, Gujarat on October 31, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that those who could not win wars against India were challenging its unity and the government had taken a major decision to defeat such forces with the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.
 
“Those who cannot win wars against us, they are challenging our unity. But they forget, despite yearning for ages, none has been able to vanquish the spirit of unity within us,” he said while speaking on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.
 
Modi said, “We have our pride in our Unity in Diversity. We derive our respect and identity out of it.
 
“With the blessings of Sardar Patel, the country has taken a major decision a few weeks ago to defeat such separatist forces, that is to abrogate the Article 370,” he said.
 
"This Article of the Indian Constitution only gave separatism and terrorism to Jammu & Kashmir. For decades, the presence of this article only erected an artificial wall of the schism between the people of the country," the Prime Minister said.
 
"It contributed to nothing but separatist attitude and terrorism and our brothers and sisters who were on the other side of this artificial wall were left confused. This wall had now been demolished.
 
“In the entire country, Jammu and Kashmir was the only place where this Article 370 existed,” he said.
 
“In the last three decades, more than 40,000 people lost lives due to terrorist activities, several mothers lost their children, sisters lost their brothers and kids their parents.
 
“Once Sardar Patel commented that if the issue of J&K was left to me, it would not have taken this long to resolve it,“ Modi said.
 
“I dedicate the decision of abrogation of Article 3790 to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary,” he said.
 
“I am happy that this decision of ours would now lead Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh towards a bright future and on the path of progress,” he added.
 
Modi lauded India’s rich diversity and thousands of years-old ways of life which help in national unity and in the people’s resolve to stand united.
 
Speaking on the occasion of the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’, to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Modi said, “We have our pride in our Unity in Diversity. We derive our respect and identity out of it.
 
“We celebrate our Unity in Diversity. We don’t find any contradictions in our diversity, rather we find a strong thread of unity in it,” he added.
 
“The celebration of diversity, the festival of diversity actually touches the chord of unity in our hearts. When we respect our different ways of life and traditions then the feeling of harmony and brotherhood would develop further. Hence at every moment we have to celebrate our diversity and this is nation-building,” the Prime Minister said.
 
“This diversity is one such power in India, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Shankara coming from south India had established monasteries in the north and Swami Vivekananda from Bengal attained knowledge at Kanyakumari in the south,” he added.
 
“Here Guru Gobind Singh born in Patna established the Khalsa Panth in the Punjab and A P J Abdul Kalam who was born in Rameswaram attained the highest post of the country in Delhi,” he said.
 
Referring to the phrase “We the People of India” in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution, Modi said, “this is not a mere phrase at the beginning of the constitution but the representation of the thousands of years-old fabric of life in India.
 
“When Sardar Patel was on the herculean task of integrating more than 500 princely states into India, it was this magnetic power which attracted most them into the Union,” he added.
 
“Today, India’s goodwill and influence is on the rise in the comity of nations and that this is due to our unity. The entire world takes India seriously and that is due to our national unity. If India is one of the biggest economies in the world, it is due to our national unity," he said.
 
Referring to the recent Block Development Council elections in Jammu & Kashmir, the Prime Minister said, “the voter turn around was more than 98%. The voters who are Panchs and Sarpanchs have turned out in large numbers to cast their ballot and that this gives a huge message.
 
“Now the era of political stability would begin in Jammu & Kashmir. The game of forming governments for individual selfish reasons would end and that the feeling of discrimination on regional lines would also diminish.
 
“An era of true participation in the cooperative federalism would begin in the region. New highways, new railway lines, new schools, new colleges, new hospitals would take Jammu & Kashmir to new heights of progress,” he added.
 
Referring to the progress being made in the North-East, the Prime Minister said, “Today, the separatist tendencies in the North East is moving towards assimilation and progress. Decades-old problems are now finding solutions. The entire North-East is today finding itself free of decades-old violence and blockades.”
 
He said, “With the inspiration drawn from the work of Sardar Patel, we are providing a fillip for the complete emotional, economic and constitutional integration of the country. This is one such effort, without which we cannot visualise a strong India in the twenty-first century.”
 
Referring to the ideals of Sardar Patel, Modi said, “Unity of Purpose, Unity of Endeavour and Unity of Aims are essential for the stability of country and that this was the ideology of Sardar Patel, that we have an egalitarian attitude in our objectives, purpose and targets.”
 
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Modi pays tribute to Sardar Patel, administers unity pledge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Deputy Prime Minister, at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, on his 144th birth anniversary on Thursday.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Deputy Prime Minister, at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, on his 144th birth anniversary anniversary today.
 
Later, the Prime Minister administered the unity pledge to the hundreds of people gathered here.
 
Since 2014, the birth anniversary of Patel, known as the Iron Man of India, is observed as National Unity Day and people from all walks of life participate in the "Run For Unity" across the country.
 
Earlier this morning, Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter: "Tributes to the great Sardar Patel on his Jayanti. His contribution to our nation is monumental."
 
The Prime Minister will also participate at the ‘Ekta Diwas’ Parade, visit the Technology Demonstration site and later interact with Civil Service Probationers at Kevadiya.
 
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Modi to pay tributes to Sardar Patel at Statue of Unity on Thursday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here this evening on a visit to his home state during which he will, among other things, pay tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary at the Statue of Unity near Kevadia tomorrow.
 
He was  welcomed on arrival at the airport here by Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, among others.
 
The Prime Minister will also participate at the ‘Ekta Diwas’ Parade, visit the Technology Demonstration site and later interact with Civil Service Probationers at Kevadiya.
 
Since 2014, October 31 is observed as National Unity Day and people from all walks of life participate in the "Run For Unity".
 
In his Mann Ki Baat Programme on the October 27, Modi had urged people to participate in large numbers in the Run For Unity towards One Goal – “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.”
 
Stressing the importance of a Fit India, the Prime Minister said Run for Unity is one such unique event which is beneficial for the mind, body and soul.
 
A web portal runforunity.gov.in has also been launched carrying details about various venues for the Run For Unity, that is being organised across the country.
 
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Kho Kho: Maharashtra boys and girls aim for yet another title win at Junior National

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The girls final will be played between Maharashtra and Karnataka whereas the showdown in the boys' section will be between traditional rivals Maharashtra and Kolhapur as hosts Gujarat saw upset defeats in the semi-finals at the 39th Junior National Kho Kho tournament here on Wednesday.
 
While torrential rain a day before led to the playing field being submerged under water, the venue needed to be shifted at the last minute to the Sarsana Convention Indoor Centre for the matches to be resumed late in the afternoon.
 
Defending champions Maharashtra were the first team to take the mat and defeated Delhi by 2 points to assure medals for the team. The match which saw some head to head fights from both the teams was won by the girls’ team of Maharashtra with almost 2 minutes to spare on the clock. The girls, putting up a fine display of tactical approach using continues khos, challenged the Delhi defenders at the pole and secured the crucial wickets using smart pole dives.
 
Reshma Rathod was the star for Maharashtra as she took 3 out of 5 wickets for Maharashtra and also put up a fine run to tire off the players from the capital in both the innings. Delhi fought hard but fell short of 1 point in each innings to bid adieu in the semis.
 
The Maharashtra boys too put up a scintillating show as they defeated Karnataka by 3 points and an innings to spare.
 
Gujarat girls, however, had a rough day on the field as despite coming very close to the winning lines the girls lost to Karnataka by a point in the last four. The Karnataka girls wrapped the game with effective ring game and boundary line dives in just about 21 minutes.
 
In the other semi-final, the Kohlapur boys, backed by a strong all-round show, won their match against Andhra Pradesh by 4 points in a close encounter.
 
Owing to a complete washout on the fourth day and all rounds of the knockout being shifted to the last day, the technical team in consultation with the jury of appeal took a decision to reduce the match to 28 minutes compared to 36 minutes with each turn being played for 7 minutes compared the  standard 9 minutes.
 
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Kamlesh Tiwari murder: 3 people detained from Gujarat's Surat

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A joint team of Uttar Pradesh Police, Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad and Gujarat Police on Saturday detained three persons from Surat in the brutal daylight murder of former Hindu Mahasabha chief Kamlesh Tiwari at his office in Lucknow.
 
Addressing a press conference here, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh said, "A joint team of UP and Gujarat Police has detained Maulana Mohsin Sheikh, Faizan and Khurshid Ahmed Pathan and is interrogating them."
 
Singh said the police initially detained five persons from Surat, but two were released later. "Their activities are being monitored," said Singh.
 
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also keeping an eye on the probe and the may soon take it over from the UP Police soon.
 
According to Gujarat Police sources, the attackers wearing saffron clothes, had walked into Tiwari's office in Khurshid Bagh on Friday on the pretext of handing over a box of sweets. Inside the office, the assailants opened the box, took out a gun and sprayed bullets at Tiwari and fled. Tiwari was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved.
 
Tiwari, a former Hindu Mahasabha chief, had in January 2017 formed the Hindu Samaj Party and was known for making controversial remarks. In 2015, he was arrested and the National Security Act (NSA) was slapped on him after he made some controversial statement about Prophet Muhammad. Recently, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court revoked the NSA against him.
 
"In the initial interrogation, no criminal background has been established of the three detained. If needed, we will take them into remand, and bring them to UP for questioning," said the DGP.
 
He said, "In the FIR, two people -- Maulana Anwarul Haq and Mufti Naeem Qazmi -- were named as conspirators. These two have also been detained and they are being questioned."
 
Asked if the murder had any links with terrorist organisations, Singh said: "So far no link with any terrorist organisation has been established. We are looking into all the angles."
 
To a question over the reason behind Tiwari's murder, Singh said, "Prima facie, these people were radicalised by the speech that he (Tiwari) gave in 2015, but much more can come out when we catch hold of the remaining criminals."
 
Singh also denied that there were any security lapses on part of the UP Police. "He (Tiwari) was given a gunner and a policeman, both were there with him. There was no laxity on the part of the police administration," he said.
 
This is the fourth murder of a right wing leader this month in UP. On October 8, BJP leader Chaudhary Yashpal Singh was gunned down in a similar manner in Deoband, while on October 10, BJP leader Kabir Tiwari was shot dead in Basti. Kabir Tiwari was also a former student leader and student groups went on a rampage after his killing, burning down government vehicles.
 
On October 13, BJP corporator Dhara Singh, 47, was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Saharanpur.
 
According to NIA sources, two IS suspects arrested by the Gujarat Police in 2017 -- Obaid Mirza and Qasim -- had revealed during interrogation that Tiwari was on their hitlist. The two said that they had been shown a video of Tiwari and asked to eliminate him.
 
The NIA sources said that the agency was following the case closely and if any indication of participation by any terror group appears, it will take over the probe.
 
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Adani Transmission signs agreement to execute WRSS XXI (A) transmission project

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Adani Transmission Ltd (ATL), India’s largest private sector power transmission company, has signed a share purchase agreement and completed the acquisition of special purpose vehicle WRSS XXI (A) Transco Limited, incorporated by REC Transmission Projects Company Ltd. 
 
ATL had won this project through a Tariff Based Competitive Bidding process, and received the Letter of Intent (LoI) in July 2019. ATL will build, own, operate and maintain the transmission project in the state of Gujarat for a period of 35 years, a press release from the company said.
 
WRSS XXI (A) Transco Limited consists of approximately 272 ckt km of 765kV line along with associated transmission system, it said.
 
"This project is primarily being constructed to strengthen the transmission system for relieving overloadings observed in Gujarat Intra-State System due to renewable energy injections in Bhuj PS.
 
"With this project, the cumulative transmission network of ATL will reach more than 14,000 ckt km of transmission line and more than 23,000 MVA transformation capacity, out of which more than 11,000 ckt km and more than 18,000 MVA are under steady-state operation. 
 
"ATL also operates a distribution business serving about 3 million customers in Mumbai," the release said.
 
 Anil Sardana, MD & CEO, Adani Transmission Ltd said, “With the signing of the Share Purchase Agreement of WRSS XXI (A) Transco Limited for the execution of transmission project in the state of Gujarat, ATL’s position as the largest private sector transmission company operating in India is consolidated further. It will also allow the company to contribute towards the Government of India’s quest of achieving generation of 175 GW renewable energy by 2022.”
 
"The win also takes the company closer to its target of setting up 20,000 ckt km of transmission lines by 2022. The project will bolster the pan-India presence of the company while supporting the sustainable development of renewable energy infrastructure development in the country," the release added.
 
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IIM Ahmedabad to introduce Post-Graduate Programme in Advanced Business Analytics

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The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) today said it would offer a Post Graduate Programme in Advanced Business Analytics (PGP-ABA), a 16-month post-graduate diploma, from the academic year 2020.
 
The institute, generally regarded as India's top business school, said this was being done  at a time when, with the deluge of digital data, data-driven decision making has now become an integral part of the efficient functioning of every organization, and more generally of society at large. 
 
Prof. Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA said, “Along with the growth in processing power we are witnessing the growth of large pools of unstructured data which have embedded information that can be beneficially used for the good of organizations and societies. This course enables those who take it to deploy appropriate methodologies so as to extricate significant information from data and enrich decision-making that unlocks value for all stakeholders.”
 
A press release from the institute said the PGP-ABA is designed to help working professionals to acquire essential skills and knowledge for asking the right questions, addressing it with analysis of the right kind of data, and finally drive the decisions with the insights gained from the analysis to drive decisions. The programme thus provides a framework for transforming data into insights that are coupled into an effective business decision making process. 
 
"In a nutshell, the programme will focus on building blended expertise in data 'literacy', data processing and business acumen. We strongly believe that this unique blended competency is the requirement in the Analytics profession today," it said.
 
"The PGP-ABA curriculum is designed to give the participants in-depth exposure to the analytics tools and techniques, and prepare them to solve business problems across industry verticals and functional domains using data. The course is geared towards enhancing the analytical problem-solving ability of the students through structured coursework. The students will be exposed to state-of-the-art data handling tools and techniques, followed by a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of analytical methods and model development techniques, which are immediately applicable to cutting-edge business problems," it said.
 
Prof. Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, Chairperson, PGP-ABA, IIMA, added, “IIMA believes in delivering high-quality programmes, with emphasis on experiential learning and this programme is no exception. Besides explaining the theoretical underpinning of the tools and techniques, emphasis will be given on hands-on learning using a variety of data sets from various domains of applications. Finally, you will be exposed to the domain-specific application of analytics in two chosen domains from different business vertical and Public Policy.”
 
The objective of PGP-ABA programme is to upskill and prepare students for future in taking up leadership positions and shouldering more significant responsibilities in the organization. The programme delivery is through a thoughtful mix of online, and on-campus sessions, the release added.
 
More details about the course are available here.
 
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President to visit Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat from October 9-13

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat from October 9-13, an official press release said.
 
The President will leave for Maharashtra this evening and present colours to the Army Aviation Corps in Nashik tomorrow. He will also visit the School of Artillery, Deolali, Nashik on the same day.
 
Kovind will reach Karnataka on October 10 and attend the birth centenary celebrations of Maharaja Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar of Mysore.
 
On October 11, the President will lay the foundation stone for the campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna village, Mysuru.
 
On October 12, the President will visit Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Sansthana in Bengaluru.
 
On October 13, the President will visit Shri Mahaveer Jain Aradhna Kendra in Koba, Gujarat, the release added.
 
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