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Four of a family found dead in Gurugram

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Four members of a family were found dead inside a house here, police said on Monday.
 
According to the police, they were informed of the incident in Sector 49 here by the neighbours.
 
"A team reached the spot and broke open the house and found the four dead bodies. As per initial investigation, Prakash Singh, working at a chemical factory, is suspected to have ended his life after killing the family," said a senior police officer.
 
Police have sent the bodies for post mortem examination. Singh was working in a chemical factory in Hyderabad and his wife used to run a private school, as per initial probe.
 
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Indian cuisine 'czar' Jiggs Kalra no more

Jiggs Kalra (Photo: Facebook)
Jiggs Kalra (Photo: Facebook)
Celebrated chef Jiggs Kalra, who earned epithets like 'Czar of Indian Cuisine' and 'Taste Maker to the Nation', passed away on Tuesday here. He was 72.
 
He was unwell for the past few weeks, and passed away at a hospital here, said a source close to his family. 
 
Last month, his son Zorawar had shared an update about his health on Instagram. 
 
"Today is my father Jiggs Kalra's 72nd birthday. This is the first time, unfortunately, it has been celebrated in hospital, as he isn't well. Last year we celebrated it together as a family. Nothing matters more than time spent with your parents as each and every single Birthday matters. He is a toughie. Has been battling his stroke for 19 years and will be back soon," Zorawar had posted on May 21.
 
The cremation will be held on Thursday at the Lodhi crematorium. 
 
Born on May 21, 1948, Kalra, whose name was Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, was a pioneering food columnist, author and food consultant. In a career spanning close to five decades, he was instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to the international audience as well as setting standards of the same.
 
He is also credited with establishing some of the most critically acclaimed and best-performing restaurants in the country. He represented India at various international food festivals and summits, apart from having served the likes of British royals Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, apart from former US President Bill Clinton.
 
The senior Kalra authored over 11 titles on Indian cuisine, including "Prashad". 
 
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta wrote a condolence message for Jiggs Kalra on Twitter, saying: "Thank you for introducing me to Indian food and its treasure of recipes. All your books adorn my bookshelf and the masala and oil on each page is testimony to how your recipes have shaped my passion for cooking."
 
Over the past some years, he was instrumental in launching revolutionary restaurant concepts like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Made in Punjab, Farzi Cafe and Pa Pa Ya.
 
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4-feet hole appears on NH 8 flyover in Gurugram

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In the latest evidence of deterioration of highways, a four-feet hole was spotted on Wednesday on the Hero Honda Chowk flyover on the Delhi-Jaipur stretch of the National Highway 8 which poses a big risk to the lives of commuters.
 
The flyover was thrown open to the public in 2016 to ease traffic on the highly congested stretch. 
 
The deterioration, appearing in the middle of the flyover on its Jaipur to Delhi bound flank, has put a serious question mark over quality of construction. 
 
This is the third time that the flyover has been closed due to the appearance of holes and comes in the backdrop of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry's claims of achieving 24 km of quality highway construction per day. 
 
Inspection of the affected site clearly showed the use of lower quality concrete material, thin iron bars as well as thin layers of charcoal.
 
"We have received information about a hole appearing on Hero Honda Chowk flyover around 5 a.m. Subsequently, road safety staff rushed at the spot and blocked the road. Repairing of the affected area will start soon," said National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Superintending Engineer Ashok Sharma said.
 
NHAI officials have barricaded the affected area and made a diversion for commuters. This led to a major traffic snarl during the morning and evening rush hours with motorists struck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
 
"We have diverted traffic movement and are also allowing use of service lanes to give respite to commuters," he said.
 
Manesar resident Subhash Kashyap, who was among the first to spot the hole, said: "Commuters like me are regular users of this highway and such a big hole invites accidents. The concrete chunk has completely disappeared from the road and only iron bars are visible. I was lucky to maneouvre my car at the right time otherwise I would have met with a fatal accident."
 
"The thickness of flyover is even thinner than the roof of a normal building. The construction company and supervising official of NHAI should take responsibility for lower quality of construction and they should be punished for putting lives of common commuters at risk," he added.
 
The flyover was built at a cost of Rs 190 crore, and every leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) takes credit for it. 
 
On April 25 last year, a big chunk of the flyover surface disappeared on the Jaipur-Delhi stretch. A day later, cracks appears in the middle of the MG Road-Sukhrali loop of the flyover situated on Iffco Chowk. 
 
On December 13, 2018, a five-feet hole appeared on the Rampura flyover on the same stretch.
 
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U.S. Kids Golf India to commence at Golf and Country Club in Gurugram

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Buoyed by last year's success, the U.S. Kids Golf India Tour 2019 rolls out with its opening event to be played at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Classic Golf and Country Club near here on Wednesday.
 
The U.S. Kids Golf India Tour  will be played across various age groups for boys, starting from age 6 and under till 18, as well as girls, from age 7 and till 18.
 
On Wednesday, 73 young golfers participating in 14 age categories will tee off the season, hoping to emulate the successes of the 2018-19 Tour that saw as many as 32 players in various age-groups qualifying for further competitions under the global banner of the U.S. Kids Golf from 13 age groups – eight among boys and five among girls.
 
Building on the previous season, U.S. Kids India will operate two tours concurrently, one for the North Zone that will include Kolkata and Ahmedabad besides Delhi NCR, and a second for the South Zone that will be played across Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune.
 
“This year, we divided the country into two zones keeping West Bengal and Gujarat in the North and the rest in the South,” Tournament Director Romit Bose said. “After last year’s strong response, the idea was to broaden the footprint of the U.S. Kids India Tour significantly keeping in mind the two major centres of the game in India, Delhi and Bengaluru.
 
“This will also reduce travel for the kids by bringing our tournaments closer,” he added.
 
Tournaments in the North will be played at Classic GCC, Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida, Golden Greens Colf Club (Gurugram), Kalhaar Blues and Greens in Ahmedabad and the Tollygunje Club in Kolkata. The season-ending Tour Championship will also be at the Classic GCC.
 
The South leg will be held at Golden Greens in Hosur near Bengaluru, Hyderabad’s Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club, Eagleton the Golf Resort (Bengaluru) and the Poona Club Golf Course in Pune with the Tour Championship at the Engleton course.
 
U.S. Kids Golf India  President Rajesh Srivatsava said, “After a successful first season, and with golf now being a part of the Olympics and the Asian Games, we are focussed on the right way of developing junior golf in India. 
 
With this initiative, we have put forward a scientific approach to the development of junior golf in the right environment with age-specific equipment and yardages to ensure that our kids grow their game while enjoying the sport and also remain free from injury and fatigue.
 
“One of the major focus areas has been the certification of junior golf coaches and caddies, who are the first point of contact between a junior golfer and the game, as per U.S. Kids Golf global norms and standards'.
 
 The Tour will carry ranking points, and with participation in a minimum of four events out of the eight, junior golfers will be able to gain qualification for the U.S. Kids World Championship, U.S. Kids European Championships as well as U.S. Kids Teen World Championship.
 
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Two killed, 3 hurt in CNG car fire in Gurugram

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Two persons were killed and three others injured in an explosion in a CNG kit-fitted car, parked in a fireworks godown in the Kadipur industrial area near Sector 10, police said on Monday.
 
The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained. The fire spread rapidly and soon engulfed the warehouse, said Subhash Bokan, PRO, the Gurugram Police. 
 
While a security guard, identified as Bawa, died on the spot, another person succumbed to injuries at the civil hospital. Three others were referred to Safdarjung Hospital. Their condition was stated to be critical. 
 
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Gallacher wins Hero Indian Open; Rashid, Chikka finish tied 10th

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher with Hero MotoCorp Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Pawan Munjal after winning the $ 1.75 million Hero Indian Open Golf at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram on March 31, 2019.
Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher with Hero MotoCorp Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Pawan Munjal after winning the $ 1.75 million Hero Indian Open Golf at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram on March 31, 2019.
First round joint leader Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher survived a quadruple-bogey disaster and staged a stunning comeback, carding three birdies in the last four holes for one under 71 fourth round, to pip Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura by a shot to claim the $ 1.75 million Hero Indian Open Golf at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Sunday. 
 
Gallacher’s aggregate of nine-under-par 279 give him a one-shot lead over Kawamura. The 44-year-old Scot held his nerves round as he recovered from a horrible quadruple-bogey on hole seven to take home the winner’s prize purse of $291,660.
 
Kawamura had a chance to force a play-off with Gallacher at the last but could not take it into extra time as he could only make par. The Japanese settled for second place on his own following a 73.
 
"I was chasing the lead and was three behind to start the day. I got off to a slow start and then made a quadruple bogey but I was very calm, saw that I was only 5 behind. I told myself, just stick in there. You never know on this golf course, it can turn around very quickly, given how tough it's playing and then I went three under in the last three holes,” the Scot said after the win.
 
About the quad bogey, he said, “I actually forgot all about it. It was a tough pin and I was trying to get my drive as long as possible as it was down wind and it ended up left against the fence on the left. Changed club to a three wood and the next shot I lost the ball as well so I went back to start again. Got on the green and two-putted that."
 
Local favourites Rashid Khan (70) and S. Chikkarangappa (74) finished as the highest-placed Indians in tied-10th position.
 
Finland’s Kalle Samooja aced the 12th hole from 127 metres with his pitching wedge, marking the first time in the history of the Indian Open that three hole-in-ones were made in the same year.
 
Chikkarangappa (74-70-66-74), who had raised hopes of the home fans by finishing tied 6th after the third round, failed to produce the same form and returned a poor 2 over 74 last round to slip to four places down the rung.
 
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Chikka had double bogeys on the 5th and 10th and he also dropped a stroke on the 14th. He hit three birdies and with an aggregate of 4 under 214 shared the tied place with 7 others including compatriot Rashid Khan and overnight joint leader Sihwan Kim.
 
Young Rashid Khan (72,70,72,70), who was tied 21st after a 72 on Saturday, came up with much improved showing, firing two under last round which propelled him to tied 10th with a total of 4 under 284.
 
Playing steady golf Rashid hit birdies on the 2nd and 9th but dropped strokes on 5th and 8th to go out at par 36. Coming back he started with a bogey but recovered his ground by hitting two successive birdies on the 11th and 12th to complete his round at 70.
 
Two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar Sharma, who was overnight tied 15th, had a poor last round day as he carded three over par 75 to tumbled 12 places to end tied 27 at par 288. 
 
Shubhankar Sharma (69-73-71-75), unlike yesterday when he had recovered well after an early double-bogey, could not do an encore on the last. He had two double bogeys on the 8th and 14 and he also missed shots on the 11th and 12th. His three birdies on 2nd, 15 and 18th reduced the gap to some extent in this round.
 
Gaganjeet Bhullar had a one under 71 round and that took him up 24 places to end at tied 39 with three over 291
 
Former champion SSP Chawrasia tied 47 overnight returned three over 75 round and with a tournament total of four over 292 ended two places above at tied 45.
 
Ajeetesh Sandhu (74,71,73,75) with three over par last round stayed put at tied 54 with five over 293 total. Gaurav Pratap Singh and Rahil Gangjee were tied 69 at 13 over 301.
 
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Golf: Last hole blues for leader Suri, Chikkarangappa keeps Indian hopes alive

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Chikkarangappa S. fired six-under-66 to keep Indians' hopes alive as seven other home challengers struggled to keep afloat while it turned out to be last hole blues for leader Julian Suri on the third and penultimate day of the US$ 1.75 million Hero Indian Open at the demanding DLF Golf & Country Club here on Saturday.
 
Only three of eight Indians in fray -- Chikkarangappa (six-under), Shubhankar Sharma (one-under) and SSP Chawrasia (one-under) -- shot under-par scores.
 
Overnight leader Julian Suri looked set to consolidate his lead at the top as he was 13-under with three bogeys against six birdies but on the last hole he fumbled and carded a double bogey to finish the round one under 71 and was forced to share of the lead with England’s Callum Shinkwin who returned 4 under 68. Both totalled 11under 205 at the end of the third day.
 
“I think a couple of the mistakes I made today were after long waits on the tee box and that was quite a long wait on 18. No excuses, totally my fault and I need to compose myself better and I think that is a bit of a learning curve for me after being out of tournament golf for a while now.” Suri said.
 
“You have to be on your game at all times. Any slip up or anything can be pretty penal. I am feeling good with my overall game despite 18 there, the game feels good. I know Callum played well today. I knew that the putt on 18 was to keep a share of the lead which was big for me to make that and I will hopefully take some of that momentum into tomorrow, he added.
 
 
The 25-year-old Chikka, an Asian Tour regular and two-time winner on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), seems to be the only Indian with some hope going into the final round as he is now placed tied sixth at six-under-210, five behind the joint leaders Julian Suri and Callum Shinkwin
 
Chikka’s third round exploits lifted him 35 places from his overnight tied 41st.
 
Two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar Sharma produced a hard-fought one-under-71 to move up four places to tied 15th at three-under-213.
 
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Chikkarangappa (74-70-66) has been experiencing a career revival since November last year. Over the last five months, he has won two events on the PGTI and also finished runner-up at an Asian Tour event that helped him seal his card in Asia for 2019.
 
Chikka carried his form into the Indian Open as was evident from his third round performance. Today he had a dream start as he struck the ball to perfection from the very outset and as a result conjured birdies on the first, second and fourth.
 
His putting was the highlight as he picked up four more birdies on the ninth, 10th, 11th and 13th. This stretch saw him make a couple of 12-feet birdie conversions. He finally dropped his only bogey of the day on the 17th.
 
“I started really well and that set the tone for the rest of the day. My ball-striking was right up there as I hit almost all greens in regulation and found all fairways. The putting was also sharp,“ Chikka said after his round.
 
“I will take seven birdies and a bogey on this golf course any day. This is my best round at this course and almost feels like a course record.  
 
“I’ve been in good touch since late last year and that helped my confidence coming into this tournament. I just feel good about all aspects of my game at the moment.
 
“As for the last round, I just need to enjoy myself on the course and play with no expectations. Hopefully, the rest should fall in place," he said.
 
Shubhankar Sharma (69-73-71) recovered well after an early double-bogey on the second to shoot a brave 71. Sharma came up with five birdies and two bogeys between the fifth and 18th to close the day with a respectable score.
 
Rashid Khan dropped two places to tied 21st after a 72 on Saturday. His score read two-under-214.
 
 Former champion SSP Chawrasia was tied 47th at one-over-217 while Ajeetesh Sandhu was a further shot back in tied 54th.
 
Gaurav Pratap Singh occupied tied 59th place at three-over-219, Gaganjeet Bhullar was tied 63rd at four-over-220 and Rahil Gangjee was tied 66th at five-over-221.
 
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Rashid, Shubhankar keep Indian hopes alive as Julian Suri leads in Hero Indian Open Golf

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Young Delhi Golfer Rashid Khan and Chandigarh-based Shubhankar Sharma carded contrasting second rounds to keep Indian hopes alive as they trailed the leader Julian Suri of the United States by eight shots at the halfway stage of the the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday.
 
Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid shot two-under-70 while two-time European Tour winner Shubhankar returned one over 73 and were the best-placed Indians as both were tied 19th with a tally of two-under-142. 
 
The cut was declared at two-over-146. Seventy professionals made the cut. Out of a total of 37 Indians in the fray, only eight made the cut.
 
Suri stretched his overnight lead to three after carding a second consecutive five-under-par 67. The 27-year-old American, who shared a one-shot lead at the end of the first round, fired an eagle and five birdies against two bogeys for a 10-under-par 134.
 
Suri, who last won on the European Tour two years ago, credited his hot putter for yet another commendable round in the event, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
 
"I hit it really well the whole day and I just tried to free it up a little bit on the second nine with my putting. I putted with more feel instead, which is how I have usually been putting, and I gave myself a lot more chances,” said the American, who is of Indian descent.
 
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, American Berry Henson and India’s Rashid Khan settled eight shots off the pace following rounds of 74, 72 and 70 respectively.
 
Henson, a one-time Asian Tour winner, was glad his conservative approach paid off as he made it into the weekend rounds after trading three birdies against three bogeys.
 
“I’ve only hit one driver over the past two rounds. I hope to take a bit more of a risk over the weekend and try and get in better positions to score. Today I just hit my three-wood off the tee just to keep my ball in play. That was my game plan, to keep my ball in play and stay away from the big numbers,” said Henson.
 
 After his round Rashid said, “I had a good start and finish today. I placed the ball well and rolled in the putts. Shooting an under-par round on this course is always an encouraging sign so I’m quite satisfied with today’s effort.
 
 “This course requires a lot of patience as you have to play away from some of the flags. I managed to do that well today.
 
“I had a good preparation for this event as I was invited to practice for a few days at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Course in Ahmedabad last week. Playing at Kalhaar gave me a feel of the DLF Golf & Country Club as both courses are similar in many ways," he said.
 
On the other hand, Shubhankar said he was not too happy with the day. “ A one-over is not what I had expected today. I didn’t feel like I played bad but missing crucial putts on the front-nine made a lot of difference. I was just struggling to make pars on the front-nine.”
 
“I was in a position to birdie the fourth and eighth but ended up dropping bogeys there which in effect meant that I lost four shots on those two holes. Those two bogeys were definitely big setbacks.
 
“If I had birdied the fifth and moved to one-under once again, things could’ve been very different. Landing it in the water on the eighth was also a big disappointment. The importance of scoring on the front-nine can be stressed by the fact that one doesn’t get too many birdie opportunities on the back-nine here.
 
“I made pars on the last two holes but was not satisfied with a couple of shots there as well. I could’ve been in better positions on both holes," he said.
 
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Shubankar tied 7th, two shots behind leaders at Hero Indian Open Golf

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Shubhankar Sharma and Rahil Gangjee led the home side’s challenge as Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and American Julian Suri at five-under-67 jointly led the field on the opening day of the Hero Indian Open at the DLF Golf & Country Club here on Thursday.
 
Shubhankar carded three-under-69 to be at tied seventh place, two off the lead. Gangjee fired a steady two-under-70 and was tied 16th at the US$ 1.75 million event.
 
Shubhankar, a 10th tee starter, made an early gain with a long birdie conversion on the 12th. The 22-year-old, who was in good putting form through the day, then made two consecutive birdies on the 18th and first, the latter being another long conversion from 15 feet, to take his score to three-under.
 
Two-time European Tour winner Sharma’s excellent approach shot on the par-5 fourth landed six feet from the pin thus setting up an eagle for him.
 
The Chandigarh-based golfer was in the joint lead at five-under through 14 holes before he hit a rough patch on the sixth and seventh. He found the bunker on the sixth and seventh and thus dropped successive bogeys there to close the day with a three-under.
 
“I think I played very well today and didn’t make too many mistakes. I missed a couple of key putts on the front nine. Made a silly mistake on six and seven but apart from those holes I am pretty happy with how I finished,” said Sharma.
 
Rahil Gangjee mixed three birdies with a bogey during his round of 70. The other Indians who got off to a decent start were Om Prakash Chouhan (71) tied 28th place, Gaganjeet Bhullar (72) and Rashid Khan (72) who were both in tied 46th place.
 
Among other prominent home side names, Shiv Kapur (74) and two-time Indian Open champion SSP Chawrasia (74) were both tied 76th while another former winner Anirban Lahiri (77) was tied 107th.
 
Stephen and Julian Suri, were followed by four others who carded four-under 68. That group included Robert Karlsson, Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat.
 
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Placed Tied-7th with Sharma were Scott Hend, Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng,Poom Saksansin, and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura.
 
Gallacher, a three-time European Tour winner, fired a stunning 67 to take the morning clubhouse lead on his own while three players stayed one shot behind including Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa, Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and Robert Karlsson of Sweden.
 
Aiming for a first win on Indian soil, Hend recovered brilliantly from a bad front nine by closing with three consecutive birdies in his final three holes.
 
"After my 17th and 18th hole, we thought we would be flying tomorrow night. I three-putted the 17th and hit two balls into the water hazard on hole 18 which was a bit of a nightmare. To come back after that was great, and I think so far this year this was the best round that I have played,” said Hend, coming off his 10th Asian Tour victory last week in Malaysia.
 
Gallacher and Suri had contrasting fortunes at the same Gary Player course at the DLF Golf and Country Club last year. The Scotsman was Tied-seventh, while Suri headed home early with rounds of 76-82. Gallacher’s card included six birdies, one bogey, a double and a closing eagle, while Suri had seven birdies and a bogey on either side of the course.
 
A year ago, Gallacher tied for seventh at the Hero Indian Open and that effort included five-under 67, which he equaled on Thursday. Gallacher said, “It was a perfect morning. Cool to start with and then it heated up later on in the round, and not too much wind, so it was perfect today.
 
“I think you have to get it in play off the tee, there is just so much trouble. I think if you get the tee shot in place you can hit a couple of nice iron shots and take advantage of the par fours that are quite short, drive a couple, and knock it onto the par fives. It is quite a strategic course. I don’t think you need to be the longest player on the Tour to play it, I think you’ve just got to plot your way around it.”
 
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Anirban, Chawrasia to lead home challenge at the Hero Indian Open

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Former champions Anirban Lahiri, S. S. P. Chawrasia and 2018 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Shubhankar Sharma will lead the home challenge in the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open commencing on Thursday here at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
 
Anirban and Chawrasia between them have won the Hero Indian Open three times in the period between 2015 and 2017
 
Apart from Lahiri, Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar, youngsters like Khalin Joshi and Viraj Madappa, who broke through last year, and others will be part of the Indian campaign.
 
The field has the 2018 Scottish Open winner Brandon Stone, long-hitting Bernd Wiesberger, four-time European Tour winner, and Gavin Green, a former Asian Tour No. 1, who are strong contenders
 
Jazz Janewattananond (No. 71),  Adrian Otaegui (No. 73), Shaun Norris (No. 90) and Jorge Campillo (No. 93) David Law (Vic Open), Aaron Rai (Hong Kong Open) and Scott Hend (Maybank Malaysian Championships) are among the other foreigners in the fray.
 
Lahiri is here on the back of a solid performance last week at the Valspar Championship in Florida, where his last round 68 was equal best score on a windy and tough Sunday.
 
Sharma was seventh here last year after going into Sunday with the lead, but his middling finish at T-30 while defending the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur had a strong finish and that will help steady his nerves.
 
Hend, who broke a near three-year drought with the Maybank title last week is here. So is last year’s other top-three finisher Sihwan Kim of the USA and Maybank Runner-up Nacho Elvira of Spain.
 
All of them will be looking with some trepidation at the course. But both Lahiri and Sharma said the course is playing much better than last year.
 
Added Lahiri, “It looks immaculate. This course is probably in the best shape that any of us has seen so far. It seems to be the most playable compared to all the other years we’ve played.
 
“The greens are definitely a lot softer and the grass has settled down. In the sense of what to expect this week, it will be a great golf course, we’ll see how it goes because it really changes depending on if the tees are pushed back or pushed forward. That’s a big factor here.”
 
 Indians are always considered the toughest to beat on home soil, but with the field having four players in Top-100 of the world, none of whom is an Indian, besides a lot of others ranked between 100 and 150, there will be a stiff battle over the next four days.
 
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Wiesberger stars as World Team beats Asians in Skills Challenge at Hero Indian Open

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Bernd Wiesberger put his rivals on the notice. The display he put up at the Hero Skills Challenge here on Tuesday indicated that he is on the right path. 
 
The Austrian, who was out of action from May to November last year due to a wrist injury, showed some skillful play as he won his team, the Rest of the World (RoW), three of the four Skills against an Asian foursome at the action-packed forerunner of the Hero Indian Open, which gets underway on Thursday.
 
The Challenge was played out at the ninth hole of the Gary Player course at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
 
Each Skill win was worth $ 2,500, which meant the RoW won US $ 7,500, while the Asian team won US $ 2,500. But the winnings were donated to a charity.
 
The prizes were given away by Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp.
 
Wiesberger was the star of the RoW team comprising captain, Pablo Larrazabal and his Spanish teammate, Adrian Otaegui, the second highest ranked player in the field, and South African Brandon Stone.
 
The Asian team comprised skipper Shiv Kapur, two-time Hero Indian Open winner SSP Chawrasia, Asian Tour 2018 No. 1 Shubhankar Sharma and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who has been having a great season.
 
It was Kapur, who set the ball rolling for the home team, as he hit his chip shot from 80-odd yards to 18 inches with his first attempt and decided to forego his next two attempts as RoW’s Larrazabal and Otaegui were further than that from the pin. Chawrasia was the second Asian player in the Challenge.
 
The next Skill required precision and none was better than Wiesberger, who hit the platform with the Hero Bike on it twice in three shots. For Asia, Chawrasia failed on all three tries and Jazz managed it once in three shots. Stone also failed in his attempts.
 
Skipper Larrazabal was the best when it came to the bunker shot from 67 yards and hit his shot to within five feet five inches Shubhankar and Jazz of Asia were unable to get closer than that. Otaegui was the second RoW player.
 
In the final Skills Challenge, the Long Putt, Wiesberger was again the best, putting to 15 inches from the far end of the green on the ninth. Kapur and Shubhankar were the ones to have a go at the Challenge, while the second RoW player was Stone.
 
The action now shifts to the official Pro-Am scheduled for Wednesday.
 
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Kapur hopes for advantage, Stone, Wiesberger find course spectacular

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Seasoned campaigner Shiv Kapur on Tuesday expressed optimism about performing well in the Hero Indian Open saying he still feels he has played enough at the Gary Player Layout at the DLF Golf and Country Club here to get some advantage from the familiarity.
 
The star-studded Hero India Open is slated to be played here from 28 to 31 March.
 
“I missed the cut the last two years so I will obviously be doing things differently. Tee to green I’ve played it well the past two years it just hasn’t been able to do well on the greens. This year the greens are playing quite different so my focus this time around is to try and focus more on the greens, the more you play this course you just learn where to miss it” Shiv said.
 
“It’s the kind of golf course where you can get quite defensive just knowing there is trouble everywhere and you have to confront it. Visually it’s a very intimidating golf course but the actual landing area is quite generous.” he added.
 
Aaron Rai, who came for the tournament last year also , lavished praise on the course. “It (the course) is in incredible shape and is probably my favourite course in the world. It is very scenic to walk around, but more importantly it is a great course, a great test, so you have to be on.
 
“It would be incredible. My grandparents from both my mum and dad’s side were born in India, so back home as well I and my family have Indian heritage, so to even compete in India is a blessing, so if it was to happen and go one step further that would be a privilege, especially around a course like this where you need to be on your mental, and physical game, so a long way to go but if that did happen it would be incredible and a dream come true," he said.
 
Title contenders Brandon Stone, making his first appearance, and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who played at the same club five years ago, were awe-struck with their first look at the course.
 
Stone, who shot a 10-under 60 while winning the Scottish Open last year, said, “It’s my first time coming to India and so far, spectacular. I took my first tuk tuk ride yesterday, which was a lot of fun, and my first time looking at the course today. Mr (Gary) Player has come up again with another very unique design.”
 
“The condition of the golf course is spectacular – ten out of ten – the ground staff have done an incredible job here."
 
Wiesberger, who came to India for the 2014 edition of the Avantha Masters, said, “I haven’t been to India for five or six years so it’s nice to be back and I am looking forward to coming to a golf course that has been described as somewhat challenging, and something different to what we see on a regular basic."
 
Wiesberger missed out playing between May and November because of an injury. He said, “Unfortunately, I was out from May until November and that was quite a tough break for me, not having any golf to play over summer with the injury in my left wrist. I still feel the effects of it a little bit, but I’m not where I want to be, so my results have not been anywhere to what I expect of myself but at the same time I am kind of taking it easy, week by week.”
 
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Gaurika survives a scare to win fifth leg of Hero WPG Tour

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Gaurika Bishnoi survived anxious moments in the closing stages of the final round as she warded off Neha Tripathi’s spirited challenge to win the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour event here on Friday.
 
Interestingly, all the five legs have produced different winners, signifying a close contest among the women professionals. 
 
Gaurika , who led by four shots after the second round, completed a start-to-finish win with a final round of 71 even as Neha Tripathi made a late charge with an impressive four-under 68 to come within a shot of the winner.
 
The winner had rounds of 72, 70 and 71 with none of her cards being above par. That showed a lot of consistency, which has been a hallmark of her play.
 
While Gaurika and Neha were engaged in a big battle, Gursimar Badwal (73) was third while Ridhima Dilawari (73) was Tied-fourth with Smriti Mehra (74).
 
Afshan Fatima (70) was sixth, Siddhi Kapoor (77) slipped to seventh, Khushi Khanijau (71) was eighth while Jyotsna Singh (71) and Ananya Datar (74) were Tied-10th.
 
Neha, who was four behind Gaurika at the start, turned in one-under 35, the same as the leader. Thereafter, the action started heating up on the back nine. After 12 holes the situated remained the same despite a birdie and a bogey from Gaurika, the same as Neha.
 
Then Neha had three birdies in a row from 13th to 15th, while Gaurika only had pars and the gap was down to one. 
 
Amidst pressure, Neha dropped a shot on 16th and even though she birdied the 18th, she fell short by one despite a brilliant three-under 33 on the back nine and a round of 68, which was the best of the week.
 
The final day produced five under-par rounds as the players went all out.
 
Gaurika did not have any birdies in the last six holes, but she was steady for six straight pars and logged her first win of the year following one runner-up and another third place finish.
 
This week, Diksha Dagar, Amandeep Drall, Vani Kapoor, Tvesa Malik and Astha Madan are playing in Australia and hence missed this event.
 
Despite not winning the title, Neha Tripathi moved to the top of the Hero Order of Merit with Rs. 4,51,400, as Gursimar Badwal lies second with Rs. 3,90,400 and Gaurika Bishnoi moves up to third with Rs. 3,76,800. Amandeep Drall with Rs. 3,44,000 and Afshan Fatima with Rs. 2,61,400 complete the top five.
 
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Gaurika extends lead to 4 shots in fifth leg of Hero WPG Tour

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Overnight leader Gaurika Bishnoi fired 2-under 70 to further consolidate her lead on the second and penultimate day of the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Classic Golf & Country Club here on Thursday.
 
Gaurika, who is looking for her first win this season after coming close in the fourth leg in Ahmedabad, where she finished runner-up, carded five birdies while dropping three shots during the second round for a score of 2-under 70 and a total of 142.
 
Neha Tripathi, winner of the inaugural leg this season in Pune, carded the only other sub-par round of the day (71) and is lying second at a score of 146. Three other golfers - Gursimar Badwal, winner of Leg 2, along with Siddhi Kapoor and Smriti Mehra, are a shot behind Neha at 147. 
 
Winner of the third leg in Ahmedabad, Ridhima Dilawari was a further shot behind in sixth place with a score of 148.
 
Gaurika began the day with a bogey on the first hole, but bounced back in style with back-to-back birdies in the par-3 second and par-5 third holes. She slipped again at the par-4 seventh hole with a bogey but recovered quickly for a birdie on the ninth. 
 
In the back nine, another bogey in the tenth meant that she was again back at par. Playing steadily thereafter, she picked up a birdie on the fourteenth hole before finishing on a high with another birdie on the final hole.
 
Neha Tripathi carded bogeys on the par-5 ninth and fourteenth holes, but also hit birdies on the second, seventh and the eighteenth, and would be happy to have finished the day at 1-under 71 after her score of 75 in the opening round. 
 
Gursimar Badwal ran into some early trouble with two consecutive bogeys on the opening two holes, but managed to stage a recovery thereafter to close the round at 1-over 73, combining 4 bogeys with 3 birdies.
 
The only amateur in the fray, Natalii Gupta (73) is at seventh position with a score of 151, while Afshan Fatima (73) and Ananya Datar (77) are at tied-eighth with 152. Khushi Khanijau (77) with 154 completes the top-10.
 
In the final round tomorrow, Komal Chaudhary, Anisha Padukone and Sifat Alag will tee off first, followed by Anousha Tripathi, Mehar Atwal and Suchitra Ramesh in the second group. 
 
The third group will see Ayesha Kapur, Jyotsana Singh and Khushi Khanijau, followed by Ananya Datar, Afshan Fatima and amateur Natalii Gupta. Ridhima Dilawari, Smriti Mehra and Siddhi Kapoor will form the penultimate group, followed by the leaders Gursimar Badwal, Neha Tripathi and Gaurika Bishnoi.
 
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Gaurika emerges sole leader after first round of fifth leg of Hero WPG Tour

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In-form Gaurika Bishnoi emerged sole leader despite a bogey finish in the first round of the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Par-72 Classic Golf & Country Club on Wednesday. 
 
Gaurika took a two-shot lead over Smriti  Mehra, Siddhi Kapoor and Gursimar Badwal, who all carded two-over 74 to be tied at second  place, while rookie Ananya Datar and experienced Neha Tripathi are tied-fifth with three-over 75 each.
 
The leader had a flying start with birdies on first and fourth but she gave away those gains with bogeys on fifth and seventh. She dropped yet another bogey on Par-4 10th, but quickly made up on the Par-3 11th. A birdie on Par-5 14th indicated an under-par finish before she dropped a shot on the Par-5 18th.
 
Gaurika, who is looking for her first win this season, has been close to winning when she finished runner-up in the fourth leg and third in the third leg.  
 
Smriti had one birdie on Par-3 second and after that she dropped shots on seventh, 11th and 14th for a 74, while Siddhi’s sole birdie of the day came on Par-4 seventh, the only player to birdie the hole. She had three other bogeys.
 
Also on 74 was Gursimar, winner of the second leg. She was three-over for the front nine, before she picked up her first birdie on the Par-5 14th, which afforded the maximum birdies on the day. She bogeyed 16th and birdied 17th to finish at 74.
 
Ridhima Dilawari, who won the fourth leg, had an unimpressive three-over 39 on the back nine and carded four-over 76 to be seventh, while Khushi Khanijau with four bogeys in last four holes shot 77 to be eighth.
 
Amateur Natalii Gupta and Anisha Padukone shot 78 each to complete the Top 10.
 
In the second round, Suchitra Ramesh, Jyotsana Singh and Komal Chaudhary will go out together in the first group. Mehar Atwal, Anousha Tripathi and Sifat Alag will follow in the second group, while Ayesha Kapur, Afshan Fatima and Anisha Padukone will make up the third.
 
The fourth three-ball will see amateur Natalii Gupta, Khushi Khanijau and Ridhima Dilawari, while the penultimate group will feature Neha Tripathi, Ananya Datar and Gursimar Badwal. Siddhi Kapoor, Smriti Mehra and Gaurika Bishnoi will tee off last in the lead group.
 
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India to host 2023 Cricket World Cup as scheduled: ICC CEO David Richardson

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday made it clear that the 2023 World Cup will be held in India as scheduled, rubbishing all the speculation regarding shifting of the venue.
 
ICC CEO David Richardson told mediapersons here that though the issue of tax exemption is still to be solved, the 2023 World Cup will be hosted by India.
 
"Getting tax exemptions is very important for world cricket because every cent that is made by the ICC revenue-wise is put back into the game. This helps countries like the West Indies who don't generate as much revenue," he said at an event to announce the ICC’s five-year partnership with Coco-Cola.
 
The Union Finance Ministry  did not give tax exemptions to the ICC when the country hosted the 2016 World T20 following which the ICC asked the BCCI to either pay $23 million (Rs 161 crore) as compensation or lose the 2023 World Cup rights.
 
"But having said that, there are no plans of shifting the venue (from India) and I'm sure we will get it (exemption) in the end. We've still got a lot of time," he said.
 
He admitted that the ICC is facing an ever-increasing threat of corruption in the game. “It's not just about anti-corruption but also about player conduct. In recent times, we have had several unruly incidents around the world and we have taken really firm steps there to make sure that everybody understands we need to protect the spirit of cricket."
 
"The ICC has adopted a more pro-active approach to take strict actions against certain frivolous individuals who move around trying to fix cricket matches. We are continuously trying to disrupt them as much as possible and the players are doing the right thing by reporting any incident," he said.
 
Asked about the schedule for the 2020 T20 World Cup in which India and Pakistan won't meet in the group stages for the first time since 2011, he said, "We have arranged the groups in a way that has credibility and is based on the ranking system. The teams are placed according to their ranks. In this case, Pakistan were number one in the rankings in their group and India number two,” replied Richardson.
 
"...we found no credible way of putting them in the same group. Hopefully from a world perspective they will meet each other in the semi-finals or final."
 
Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup in July, said convincing India to use DRS was a memorable achievement for him.
 
"Some things took a little longer than we'd like to implement. One of them was to convince India that DRS was a good thing. It probably took so long because in the first trial that we conducted, all the decisions seemed to go against India. So we had to convince Anil Kumble that it could work," he added.
 
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Seven dead as four-storeyed under-construction building collapses in Gurugram

 
Seven dead in Gurugram building collapse
At least seven workers died when an under-construction four-storeyed building collapsed here early this morning, official sources said.
 
More than 150 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Fire Brigade and other agencies continued a search till late into the night for more people who might be trapped under the debris, they said.
 
According to some sources, the building collapsed when the workers wre adding an additional floor to it.
 
The building, located in Ullawas village in Sector 65 of Gurugram, near Delhi, collapsed around 5.15 am today, Sanjeev Singla, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), told journalists earlier in the day.
 
He said some labourers who were sleeping in the building were trapped under the rubble. He said exact numbers could not be immediately ascertained, but they could be around six or seven.
 
Sources said it was difficult to ascertain the number of workers who were in the building because nearly all of them were migrant labourers from other states.
 
The police have traced the owner of the building and are questioning him.
 
"The building was unstable and was being constructed without  proper technical expertise," Singla said, adding that the cause of the collapse would be established only after a proper inquiry.
 
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Six labourers feared trapped as building collapses in Gurugram

 
Four-storeyed under-construction building collapses in Gurugram
About six labourers were feared trapped under the debris of an under-construction four-storeyed building that collapsed here early this morning, official sources said.
 
More than 150 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Fire Brigade and other agencies were involved in a massive rescue operation to find those believed trapped under the rubble, they said.
 
The building, located in Ullawas village in Sector 65 of Gurugram, near Delhi, collapsed around 5.15 am today, Sanjeev Singla, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), told journalists.
 
He said some labourers who were sleeping in the building were trapped under the debris. He said exact numbers could not be immediately ascertained, but they could be around six or seven.
 
The police have traced the owner of the building and are questioning him.
 
"The building was unstable and was being constructed without  proper technical expertise," Singla said, adding that the cause of the collapse would be established only after a proper inquiry.
 
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Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat emerge richest wrestlers at PWl players draft

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Punjab Royals picked up wrestling's poster boy  Bajrang Punia for Rs 30 lakh during the players draft for the Pro Wrestling League’s (PWL) here on Friday. 
 
Vinesh Phogat, the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Jakarta Asian Games last year, went to Mumbai Maharathi for Rs 25 lakh. 
 
Both Bajrang, who will take part in the 65kg category, and Vinesh, who will wrestle in the 53kg category, featured for UP Dangal in the last edition. 
 
The six teams picked 54 from a strong pool of 225 players which included prominent Olympic medalists, continental champions, world champions, national champions and other wrestlers from all over the world. With the completion of the players’ draft, PWL-4 will see participants from Asia, Europe, Africa and the American continent.  
 
Rio Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik (62kg), who was with Mumbai Maharathi in the last edition, was bought  by Delhi Sultans for Rs 20 lakh. 
 
The highest-paid foreign wrestlers were Venesa Kaladzinskaya (53kg) from Belarus,  and Khetik Tsabalov (74kg) from Russia, went to UP Dangal and   Delhi Sultans, respectively, for Rs 25 lakh each.
 
The Delhi Sultans also got Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medalist Rahul Aware (57kg) and 2018 World Military Championship gold medalist Khetik Tsabolov from Russia, who will feature in the 74kg category. 
 
The 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Pooja Dhanda (57kg) went to debutant MP Yodhas along with national champion Ritu Phogat (53kg) and Sandeep Tomar (57kg). Another prize catch for the debutants has been 2018 European Championship gold medalist Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan who will wrestle in the 65kg category.
 
World Junior Championship gold medalist Anastasia Nichita (57kg) of Moldova goes to Haryana Hammers and 2018 Junior National Championship gold medalist Sachin Rathi (74kg) goes to Mumbai Maharathi. 
 
The European Championship bronze medalist Tayana Omelchenko (62kg) from Azerbaijan was also picked by Haryana Hammers along with  Commomwealth Games silver medalist Praveen Rana (74kg).
 
The 2018 Pan American Championship bronze medalist Betzabeth Angelica (57kg) from Venezuela went to Mumbai Maharathi.
 
Among the national championship gold medalists last year, Amit Dhankhar (74kg) went to Punjab Royals, Jitender (74kg) went to UP Dangal, Rajneesh (65kg) went to Haryana Hammers and Harphool (65kg) went to Mumbai Maharathi.
 
The fourth edition of the popular wrestling league is scheduled to held from  from January 14-31 and offers a prize purse of Rs 1.9 crore for the winning team and Rs 1.1 crore for the runners-up team. It promises to be bigger and better than ever this year with the addition of a new team from Madhya Pradesh.
 
WFI president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh said: “I am really glad to announce that PWL-4 is happening from January 14, 2019 and I welcome the new team, MP Yodha from Madhya Pradesh. Wrestling is a very popular sport in India with huge fan following and PWL is only enhancing its popularity year after year. 
 
"After the draft today, all teams look pretty balanced with a good mixture of youth and experience. The foreign wrestlers in the fray will make PWL-4 an interesting event to be watched and followed in various social media platforms. PWL is also giving our young wrestlers a platform to participate with world class wrestlers which will go a long way in sharpening their skills in the coming years.”
 
COMPLETE LIST:
 
MP Yodha: Ritu Phogat (53kg), Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Elise Manolova (62kg), Shilpi Yadav (62kg), Vasil Mikhaillov (74kg), Andrea Carolina (76kg), Deepak (86kg), Akash Antil (125kg)
 
Delhi Sultans: Pinki (53kg), Rahul Aware (57kg), Katherina Zhydachivska (57kg), Sakshi Malik (64kg), kviatkoski Andrey (65kg), Khetik Tsabolov (74kg), Jitendra (74kg), Shustovo Anastasia (76kg), SumitMalik (125kg)
 
UP Dangal: Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (53kg), Rahul Aware (57 kg), Naveen (57kg), Sarita (57kg), Navjot Kaur (64kg), Pankaj Rana (65kg), Epp Mae (76kg) Irakli Misituri (86kg), Giorgi Sakandelidze (125kg)
 
Haryana Hammers: Seema (53kg), AnastasiaNichita (57kg), Ravi Kumar (57kg), Tayana Omelchenko (62kg), Rajnesh (65kg), Praveen Rana (74kg), Kiran (76kg), Ali Shabanov (86kg), Khotsianivski Aleksander (125kg)
 
Mumbai Maharathi: Vinesh Phogat ( 53kg), Betzabeth Angelica (57kg), Ibragim Ilyasov (57kg), Shilpi Yadav (62kg), Harphool (65kg), Sachin Rathi (74kg), Zsanett Nemeth (76kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Baitseev Vladisiav (125kg)
 
NCR Punjab Royals: Anju (53kg), Mimi Hristova (57Kg), Nitin Rathee (57kg), Bajrang Puniya (65kg), Anita (62kg), Amit Dhankhar (74kg), Alina Stadnik Makhynia (76kg), Dato Marsagishvili (86kg), KoreyJarvis (125kg)
 
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Government gives nod for further probe involving Vadra, Hooda: Gurugram top cop

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Gurugram Commissioner of Police K. K. Rao on Friday said the Haryana government has given permission to further investigate the alleged land scam case registered against Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others.
 
Addressing a press conference, Rao said, "We had sought permission from the state government after the case was registered at a Gurugram police station. The authorities have granted us the permission, so we are investigating the alleged land scam further."
 
The police registered the case against Vadra, Hooda and others on September 1 at Kherki Daula police station.
 
The case was registered on the complaint of Surender Sharma, a resident of Tauru, alleging that a company belonging to Vadra's Skylight Hospitality had cheated people and the government.
 
A case was registered under sections of 420 (cheating), 120 (hatching conspiracy) and 467, 468, 471 (forgery) under the Indian Penal Code.
 
After the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Haryana, it set up a one-man commission of Justice S. N. Dhingra on May 14, 2015, to probe the alleged scam.
 
The commission probed the alleged irregularities in the grant of licence by the Haryana Department of Town and Country Planning to some companies, including those of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in Sector 83 of Gurugram for developing commercial colonies.
 
Deals were allegedly inked for land in Shikohpur, Sihi, Kherki Daula and Sikanderpur Badha villages in Gurugram.
 
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Gurugram businessman allegedly commits suicide

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A 47-year-old businessman on Monday allegedly jumped to his death from his ninth floor apartment in an upscale housing society here in Haryana, police said. No suicide note was found.
 
The victim was identified as Naresh Hasija, who lived in a flat in Park View Apartments here with his family. He allegedly jumped off the floor around 3 a.m.
 
A case was registered at the Sector 50 police station.
 
"Hasija, his wife and children watched a movie on television till late on Sunday. His elder son was studying till 2 a.m. on Monday. The reason behind this extreme step is not clear immediately," police officer Baljeet told IANS.
 
The family hails from Sonipat in the state.
 
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Modi opens KMP Expressway; says it will cut pollution, traffic in Delhi

 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar section of the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in Haryana, saying it will help in reducing vehicular pollution in the national capital.
 
The 136.65-km long six-lane Expressway, which will provide an alternative route to vehicles to go towards Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, will help in easing traffic flow, especially of heavy vehicles, through Delhi.
 
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the Expressway would lead to more development of the National Capital Region (NCR). 
 
He said the 83-km Kundli-Manesar section was completed four months ahead of the revised deadline. The 53-km Palwal-Manesar section was inaugurated in April 2016. 
 
Modi dedicated the KMP Expressway, also called as Western Peripheral Expressway, to people from Sultanpur village in Gurugram district. 
 
"Our government has undertaken the massive expansion of highways and railways in the country to bring more development. Everyday, 27 km of highways are being made," Modi said while addressing a gathering on the occasion. 
 
Taking a dig at the previous government, Modi said the BJP governments (in the Centre and states) were determined to get work executed and completed compared to earlier when projects would just linger on. 
 
"Work was going on on this (KMP) Expressway for 12 years. You should have got this Expressway 8-9 years back. It was to be used during the (2010) New Delhi Commonwealth Games. This shows the work culture of the previous government which encouraged delays and wastage of public money," Modi said. 
 
"Had this Expressway been completed on time, the traffic mechanism in Delhi would have been something else. With the completion of this Expressway, heavy vehicles can avoid entering Delhi. This will help in reducing pollution in Delhi. This Expressways speed up the economy, environment, ease of living and ease of travelling," Modi said. 
 
The Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 6,434 crore including land acquired at a cost of Rs 2,788 crore and construction done at a cost of Rs 3,646 crore, was originally to be completed by 2009-end but got mired in controversies and litigation. Its initial cost was Rs 1,915 crore. 
 
It was rescheduled to be completed by February 19, 2019, but has been completed before the fixed date. It passes through five districts in Haryana: Sonipat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal.
 
The Expressway would connect four major national highways -- Delhi-Ambala-Amritsar, Delhi-Agra-Varanasi-Dankuni, Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai and Delhi-Hisar-Fazilka-India-Pakistan border. 
 
The Haryana government has announced plans to develop five new cities over an area of 50,000 hectares on each side of the KMP Expressway. 
 
For the convenience and safety of commuters, trauma centre and police patrolling vehicles have been deployed on  the expressway. 
 
After every 14 km, one ambulance and one recovery van with a helpline number have been stationed for speedy response in case of accidents or emergencies. The expressway has been developed as a green corridor, the spokesman added. 
 
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Ballabhgarh Metro and laid the foundation stone for the Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University in Palwal.
 
The Ballabhgarh Metro link will connect the 3.2-km long Escorts Mujesar-Raja Nahar Singh (Ballabhgarh) section with the Kashmere Gate-Escorts Mujesar from village Sultanpur. It will be known as the Violet Line. 
 
Ballabhgarh has become the fourth city in Haryana to get Metro connectivity after Gurugram, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh. 
 
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Gurugram judge's son shot at by guard dies, family donates organs

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Gurugram's Additional District and Sessions Judge Krishan Kant's son, who was lying 'brain dead' in Medanta-The Medicity hospital here after being shot at by the judge's security guard on October 13, was declared dead by the hospital on Tuesday.
 
"A very critical Dhruv was on life support since he was admitted to the hospital on October 13. He died around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. The family of the deceased donated his organs," A.K. Dubey, Medical Superintendent of Medicity, told IANS.
 
Dhruv (18) and his mother Ritu (38) were shot and injured by their guard Haryana Police constable Mahipal Singh (32) at the busy Arcadia market in Sector 49 here on October 13 afternoon.
 
The judge's wife had died late that night.
 
Police had said that Mahipal Singh shot at Dhruv and Ritu in a fit of rage.
 
Deputy Commissioners of Police Sumit Kuhar and Sulochana Gajraj had addressed the media for the first time after the incident on October 17.
 
According to them, the victims had gone to shop at the market. When they returned, Mahipal Singh was not near the car.
 
"Upset over his absence, Ritu scolded Mahipal Singh while Dhruv asked him to hand over the keys of the car. Angry over their behaviour, the guard first started beating Dhruv who was seated on the passenger seat. A few minutes later he shot at him twice," Kuhar said.
 
"The accused also beat up the judge's wife before shooting at her," the officer had said earlier.
 
Mahipal, whose services were terminated, is currently in Gurugram's Bhondsi jail.
 
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Golf: Teenaged Sifat Sagoo emerges as best amateur at HWIO

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Teenager Sifat Sagoo, youngest of the Indian players in the field, emerged as the low amateur after a superb round of 2-under 70 on the final day of the Hero Women’s Indian Open here on Sunday.
 
The 17-year-old Sifat   who finished in Tied-33rd place  said that "but for the second day, when I shot 79 and did nothing right, it could have been a great tournament. But I am still happy with the other rounds and especially the final round, where I had three bogeys in a row from sixth to eighth, but fought back with four birdies and no bogeys in last 10 to finish under par at 70.”
 
She added, “It will go a long way in boosting my confidence. I have some more years in amateur golf and definitely want to play pro golf in the future.”
 
 Sifat, who represented India at the recent Asian Games in Jakarta said, “My father (Harvinder), has been a big inspiration for me and since he is a regular golfer, it was he who got me into the game.”
 
Sifat recalled her experience of the Asian Games very glowingly. “To represent my country at the Asian Games is a feeling I cannot express in words. It has been one of the high points of my short career. To be able to play against some of the best amateurs in Asia was a great feeling. It was a huge step for me and one that will always be in my memory.”
 
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Golf: Becky Morgan wins title; Gaurika, Tvesa finish T13 in Hero Women's Indian Open

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Welsh woman Becky Morgan fired a 3-under 69 last round and with a total of 7 under 281 emerged the new champion as she clinched the Hero Women's Indian Open title while home players Gaurika Bishnoi and Tvesa Malik finished a creditable T13 in the $ 500,000 event at the DLF Golf and country Club here on Sunday.
 
Four others -- Sweden’s Caroline Hedwell (68), Austria’s Christine Wolf (70) England’s Felicity Johnson (70) and Nichole Broch Larsen of Denmark (71) totalled 5 under 283 and were tied 2.
 
While Morgan pocketed $ 65,278 as first prize, the other four received a cheque of $ 25,132 each.
 
In her 18th year on tour, and after rounds of 72, 72, 68 and 69, for a total of 281, seven-under-par, she could finally enjoy her moment in the sun.
 
“It’s taken me 18 years and it’s a mixture of excitement and relief that finally I have done it. I didn’t look at the scoreboard until the 18th green because I knew anything could happen. I knew I was doing fairly well, because I was playing well, but I kept to myself and let it happen,” said Morgan.
 
“I decided today I would just play my game and not worry about one anyone else was doing. I had the chance to win here three years ago but got too caught up in what was going on, so I needed to keep my head down.”
 
It was a long journey for the 44-year-old, who has finished as the runner-up in the 2001 French Open as a rookie. It was one of 22 top 10s finishes on the LET without a win, until her 119th tournament, at the venue where she had also tied for second in 2015.
 
In nine starts dating back to 2010, she has never missed the cut and finished in the Top-10 four times, including the win this year in 2018.
 
She was Tied-2nd when Emily Pedersen won in 2015 and was third when Caroline Hedwall emerged winner in 2011. Five times she has finished between 22nd and 25th.
 
“I played well today, from the start onwards. I played very solid and then 18 got me again. It’s a nice hole, it’s just maybe I need to change my strategy or something. Of course, you think a little about it, when you are standing there. It was sitting okay, it was just another quick swing,” said Wolf.
 
As for as Indians were concerned, two successive double bogeys on the 7th and 8th holes and another bogey spoiled Bishnoi’s last round which she finished at par 72. She hit five birdies to salvage her position to some extent.
 
But for those blemishes, Bishnoi lived up to her pre-tournament reputation as she performed consistently in the four rounds.
 
Overnight tied 19, Bishnoi carded her second successive par 72 round to aggregate one over 289 (71,74,72,72) to end up at T 13 place. Though she moved up five slots but for double bogeys she would have finished higher on the leader board.
 
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Malik, overnight T11, dropped two strokes at the 8th hole and dropped four more strokes while hitting five birdies to end her round one over 73 and with an aggregate of one over 289 (72,71,73,73) she slipped to T 13.
 
Ridhima Dilwari, whose first round 3 under 69, created a flutter, returned one over 73 round, hitting four birdies and while dropping five strokes. Overnight T19, she climbed one place to finish T 18 with a total of 2 over 290 (69,77,71,73).
 
Pre- tournament Indian favourite Vani Kapoor, who was T 31 overnight slipped to T 37 place with a four round aggregate of 7 over 295 (77,73,70,75).
 
This morning Vani ruined her round by hitting two double bogeys -- one each while going out and coming in. Apart from that she also dropped a stroke while hitting two birdies for three over 75.
 
Astha Madan kept her company with Vani and ended T 37. She also had 3 over par 75 last round which included a double bogey, three bogeys and two birdies. She also aggregated over 295 (75,75,70,75).
 
Among the amateurs, Sifat Sagoo ended T33 with a total of 6 over 294,Pranavi Urs was T 37 ( 7 over 295) and Diksha Dagar at T49 ( 11 over 299).
 
“It was a very a creditable show by our girls,” said Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) secretary Champika Sayal. “Eight of the 16 girls made the cut, three of them were amateurs."
 
Two professionals, Malik and Bishnoi finished among the top twenty.
 
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