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Gaurika survives a scare to win fifth leg of Hero WPG Tour

Gaurika Bishnoi
Gaurika Bishnoi
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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Golf: Three share lead; Tvesa Malik is at 11th place in Hero Women’s Indian Open

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There was yet another change at the top for the third successive day as Becky Morgan(Wales), Nicole Broch Larsen (Denmark) and Ellie Givens (England) shared the lead on four-under-par 212, while local challenger Tvesa Malik slipped to tied 11th place at the end of the penultimate round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open DLF Golf and Country Club on Saturday.
 
Morgan, the runner-up in 2015, birdied the last for a 68, Nicole Broch Larsen hit 69 while Ellie Givens posted 70 in the third round.
 
Second round leader Austrian Christine Wolf, who had a three-shot lead on the 18th tee, twice committed faux pas, hitting her second and fifth shots into the lake. A quadruple bogey nine ruined her card and saw her slip to three-under, one behind the leaders, alongside Felicity Johnson and Manon Mollé.
 
The contest is wide open. Just four shots separate 18 players ahead of Sunday’s action.
 
Olivia Cowan (Germany), Noora Komulainen (Finland) and Marianne Skarpnord (Norway) are on two-under-par, with Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) on one-under-par.
 
There are a further eight players on level par, including Isabelle Boineau, who shot a 65 for the round of the week, Solheim Cup player Florentyna Parker and the leading Indian, Tvesa Malik.
 
Twenty-three-year-old Malik, overnight 1 under 143, started promisingly as she hit a birdie on her first nine to go out at 35 but her back nine let her down. She started with a bogey on 10th , dropped two strokes on 13th and one more on 15th. She managed a birdie each on 11th and 18th to close the round with one-over 73. Her three-round total of par 216 pulled her down from T-7 to T-11 place.
 
However, Malik was satisfied with her showing. “It was nice to finish the day with a birdie and left me something to look forward to tomorrow. I need to get a few more birdies and not have three-putts."
 
“This is a course where nothing is sure till the ball falls into the cup. Anything can happen and big numbers can crop up suddenly. We have already seen that over the last three days. Also, one cannot miss on the wrong side, as I did on 13th and ended with a double,” she said.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi, 20, tied 16th after the second round, hit five birdies and an equal number of bogeys to card par 72 third round and with a total of one over 217 (71,74,72) slipped to T-19 position.
 
“I am happy that I managed to make a good recovery right at the end with birdies on 16th and 18th. I didn’t have the best of starts with three bogeys in first six holes and another on eighth.
 
“I made some errors and missed a couple of short putts, including one from two feet on the fourth. I missed a couple from five and eight feet, also.
 
"Overall I had five birdies and five bogeys. The good thing is I have made a lot of birdies, 14 in all, but also given away a lot. I am 1-over for three rounds, which means I gave away 15 bogeys and that is a lot.
 
"What was satisfying was that coming back on the back nine I had three birdies on 11th, 16th and 18th. I hope I can keep the errors down on the final day," she said.
 
Ridhima Dilwari, who stole the limelight on the opening day, carded one under 71 (3 birdies, 2 bogeys), thus making amends for the second round’s dismal show. With a three round aggregate of 217 (69,77,71) she moved up to T 19 from T27 place.
 
Vani Kapoor, tied 51 at the end of the second round, came up with a much improved performance in the penultimate round as she shot 2 under 70. She hit five birdies while dropping three strokes
 
Her three-round aggregate of 4 over 220 ( 77,73,70) took her to T 31 place along with compatriot Astha Madan .
 
Astha also shot 2 under 70 round which included five birdies and three bogeys for a total of 4 over 220 (75,75,70) 
 
Amateurs Diksha Dagar and Sifat Sagoo hit identical one over 73 third rounds while Pranavi Urs returned two over 74. All three with identical score of eight over 224 were tied 51.
 
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Christine Wolf takes four-shot lead as eight Indians make the cut at Hero Women’s Indian Open

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Austrian Christine Wolf carded  a second successive 4-under 68 to  take a  four-shot lead over the rest of the field at the half-way stage of the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2018 at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday.
 
India’s Tvesa Malik (72-71) was Tied-7th alongside Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen (74-69), French Celine Boutier (72-71) and Thai Kanphanitan Muangkhumsakul (72-71).
 
On a day, when Wolf rose above all, Indian golf too took a huge step forward with eight Indians, including three amateurs, making the cut that fell at 7-over. Led by Tvesa, the others were Gurika Bishnoi (71-74) at T-16th,  Ridhima Dilawari (69-77) at T-27th, Vani Kapoor (77-73), Astha Madan (75-75) and amateur Pranavi Urs (76-74) at T-51st besides two more amateurs Sifat Sagoo (72-79) and Diksha Dagar (75-76) at T-61st.
 
Wolf, who had never shot a round in the 60s in her previous four visits to India, including three of them to this course, has now done it twice in the last two days. With seven birdies in a sparkling nine-hole stretch  and three bogeys, she shot 68 to set herself up for her maiden LET win in a six-year long pro career. Her best at HWIO is T-11 in 2016, when she had a share of the lead after the first day.
 
The middle segment of the scorecard was liberally sprinkled with seven birdies in a nine-hole stretch from the fifth to the 13th holes. She reached 10-under at one stage but bogeys on the 14th and 17th brought her back to 8-under, which was still enough to give her a four-shot lead over Thailand’s Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras (68-72).
 
The Thai, who plays on the LPGA, looked like catching up with the Austrian as she reached 6-under with two holes to go. She ran into a disastrous triple bogey on Par-4 eighth, which was her 17th hole as she hit into the water twice. She birdied the final hole to get 4-under and four behind Wolf.
 
This  was the highest number of Indians making the cut in the history of the Hero Women’s Indian Open.
 
Overnight leader  Norway’s Tonje Daffinrud (66-75) was 1-under through 13 holes, before she triple bogeyed the 14th and dropped yet another shot on 15th to lose four shots in two holes. She parred the rest for 75 and was 3-under 141 and third.
 
Wolf,  may well have been in double digits under par, but for the dropped shots on the 14th and the rocky 17th.
 
Wolf said, “I’m really pleased with the way I played yesterday and also today. I hit a lot of greens and hit my iron shots close, so I gave myself a lot of chances and I really enjoyed it out there. I made a lot of birdies and tried to keep high numbers off the score card.”
 
She also revealed, “I’ve always liked this course but never played well. It’s only halfway, so still a lot of golf to be played. I hit every fairway today. This course suits my eye and it’s just fantastic when you walk around it, it’s beautiful.”
 
Malik, who shot two-under par rounds of 71 each while winning the last WGAI event three weeks ago at this very course, outscored her experienced playing partners, Beth Allen, who won the Order of Merit in 2016, and Caroline Hedwall, HWIO champion and Order of Merit winner in 2011. Hedwall is now T-27th and Allen is T-30th.
 
Malik said, “I'm disappointed with today, I feel I could have finished much better, I had a lot of good chances for birdies especially in the last 4-5 holes but I could not convert. My game has been good so hopefully tomorrow and day after will be better. I started really good with two birdies on the 10th and 11th, had another birdie on the 16th but after that I just missed a lot of birdies.”
 
Playing her second HWIO as a pro, Malik, Order of Merit leader on the domestic WGAI circuit, was aided by a birdie-birdie start on the tenth. She had two more birdies after that on Par-3 16th and Par-4 second, but she also dropped three shots on 14th, third and fifth.
 
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Golf: Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud takes lead, Ridhima hogs limelight

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Norwegian star Tonje Daffinrud sizzled at the finish with a hat-trick of birdies to separate herself from the rest of the field and open up a handy two-shot lead while Ridhima Dilwari stole the show with a stunning 3 under 69 on the opening day of the Hero Women’s Indian Open here on Thursday.
 
Daffinrud’s 6-under 66 was the lowest first round score at the DLF Golf & Country Club since the pairs of 66s by Swede Pernilla Lindberg and Thai Nontaya Srisawang in 2011, but those cards came at the Arnold Palmer course.
 
The leader was two shots clear of another Norwegian, Marianne Skarpnord; young Thai Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, and the experienced Austrian Christine Wolf, who carded 68 each.
 
Local challenger Ridhima is Tied-5th with the 2011 champion, Swedish Caroline Hedwall and England’s Florentyna Parker, all of whom shot 69 each.
 
Ridhima, who played college golf in the US and turned pro soon after the Asian Games, played her first pro event on the domestic tour two weeks ago at the same course and finished T-4th.
 
The next best Indian was Gaurika Bishnoi (71) at T-11th while Tvesa Malik, Afshan Fatima and amateur Sifat Sagoo, all with 72, were T-18.
 
The 27-year-old Daffinrud, who graduated in Business and Economics from the University of Denver, turned pro in 2014. She came through the ranks and before turning pro, she played on LET’s Access Series as an amateur. When she became pro, she won back-to-back events and finished in Top-5 of Access Series Merit list to get an LET card for 2015.
 
Daffinrud, who was also hit by injury in 2015, has had a best LET finish of T-6 in the Victorian Open in 2017. She has never broken par at this course and her best finish has been T-40th in 2015. She missed the cut in the last two years. So, expectedly, she was elated and said, “I’m really happy with that. I’ve never shot under par on this course before and to make quite a lot of birdies and not many mistakes was a really good day.”
 
In the morning, Thailand’s Pannarat shot a bogey-free four-under-par 68 in hot and humid conditions to take a two shot clubhouse lead. The 20-year-old from Roi Et in Northeast Thailand, has been a pro on the LPGA for three years and she knocked down four birdies without any bogeys on her tournament debut.
 
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Indian golfers confident of good showing at Hero Women's Indian Open

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As many as 17 promising Indian golfers will get a chance to showcase their wherewithal amid a strong field of international players as the $ 500,000 Hero Women's Indian Open (HWIO) gets underway at the DLF Golf & Country Club here on Thursday.
 
Apart from Vani Kapoor and Tvesa Malik, others like Gaurika Bishnoi, who won the domestic Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour Order of Merit last year, Amandeep Drall and Gursimar Badwal looked hopeful of putting up a good show.
 
Drall will be the earliest top Indian to tee off on Thursday morning at 6.55 am with Felicity Johnson and Karolin Lampert, while Bishnoi will play the first round with Korea’s A Hyeon Kim and Thai player, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras and they tee off at 7.05 am from the first.
 
Kapoor has been teamed with Eleanor Givens of England and Noora Komulainen of Finland at 7.35 am from the 10th tee, while talented amateur, Diksha Dagar plays with Lucie Andre and Indian pro, Siddhi Kapoor at 7.45 am from the tenth tee.
 
The afternoon wave will see Malik play alongside former Order of Merit winner Beth Allen and 2011 champion Caroline Hedwall at 11.10 am from the first tee. 
 
 "Whether you play here regularly or whether it's your first time, the course is always tricky. I’ll just have to see how it goes. It’s great to be at home here," says Malik, the current Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit leader. 
 
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Kapoor, who finished a career-best tied-sixth in the previous edition, will be leading the Indian challenge. Ahead of the tournament, Vani said, "I think it’s a great advantage to know the course. I have been playing here quite a lot and we also played a tournament here, so we had another week to test our skills and sharpen up. I’ve been putting in a lot of hours this year. I’m just waiting for my game to fall together."
 
"I’m not thinking about winning. I think the good thing about golf is that you all start from scratch and it’s about putting four good rounds together. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself, I just want to do my best," said Bishnoi.
 
Drall and Badwal were of the view that taking part in the HWIO is in itself a big thing for the local women golfers. The tournament has given big boost to women’s golf in the country. 
 
The international players include defending champion Camille Chevalier, former champion Swedish Caroline Hedwall, who also won the Lacoste 
Ladies Open de France earlier this month, Beth Allen - the 2016 LET Order of Merit winner, Thailand’s Kanyalak Preedasuttjit - winner of the Thailand Ladies Open, and Celine Boutier - winner of the Australian Ladies Classic.
 
 This is the 12th edition of the tournament, and will see 120 golfers from 27 different countries vying for the top honours. The prize money for this year has been enhanced to $ 500,000 and the winner will earn a cheque of $ 75,000.
 
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Golf: Vani, Tvesa to represent home challenge in Hero Women’s Indian Open

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Vani Kapoor and Tvesa Malik will spearhead the Indian challenge as defending champion French golfer Camille Chevalier will lead the international star cast in the $ 500,000 Hero Women’s Indian Open  (HWIO) to be held  at DLF  Club here from October 18 to 21.
 
Kapoor was  tied-sixth and was the country’s  top player at the event last year, while Malik, who leads the local Order of Merit on the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, will make her  debut in  HWIO as a professional.
 
2011 champion, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Australian Sarah Kemp and the leading Ladies European Tour rookie this year, Swedish Julia Engstrom, form the  strong field that has assembled for the HWIO.
 
The leading players got around to talking about their plans before going onto the Hero Skills Challenge, which has become the regular warm-up and forerunner to the main event.
 
Chevalier, 25, who has made four cuts in 10 starts in 2018, looks at HWIO to turn her form around. She said, “I have been practicing at the Le National in France before coming here. That is not my home course, but is tough and great preparation for the HWIO. The rough is quite big there and as challenging as at this course. It was great winning last year and was a big moment for me. I am very excited to be back to defend the title.”
 
Vani Kapoor, tied-6th last year, has had an average season this year, but is hopeful of a strong finish to get her 2019 card.
 
“I have been preparing hard. I was hit by tendinitis few days back but I am hoping to get over that. This is my home course and I know it well, but, as they say in golf, every shot is a new one and you never play the same shot again. Last one year has been one of great learning,” she said.
 
Hedwall recalled that when she  won (in 2011), the course was a different one (Arnold Palmer course). “I was here two years ago and it is amazing the way  the course is looking and is challenging, too."
 
Kemp, 32, from Australia, still winless on LET, has three Top-5 finishes this year including Lalla Meryem Cup (2nd) and Lacoste Ladies Open de France (3rd).
 
"It has been a solid season. So far so good and I am full of confidence.  The course is looking great and I will always love coming to India, because I like it so much," she said.
 
The Swedish youngster, Julia Engstrom, has arrived without her golf bag. “I am still waiting for my bags. I have been told they are arriving tomorrow. So far I have practised with borrowed clubs. I turned pro this year and the season has been good and the experience on LET has been great,” the 18-year-old said.
 
Malik, the 22-year-old leader, has been having a great year with multiple wins and is looking forward to playing her first HWIO as a pro.
 
"It has been a great season and I have been improving a lot and I have been really looking forward to this event for long. I have played here often and know the course well and it is very challenging and is in great shape. As for my plans, I plan to go to the LET Q-School this year and have picked Vani’s brains on this a lot,”  she said.
 
The traditional trophy and a whopping cheque of $ 75,000 await the winner. The tournament  will be telecast live in over 100 countries for the first time.
 
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Judge's wife, son shot by security guard dead

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Both the wife and son of Additional District and Sessions Judge Krishan Kant, who were shot at by the judge's security guard on Saturday, have died, police said on Sunday.
 
While the wife, Ritu (38), died overnight due to excessive bleeding, the 18-year-old son, Dhruv, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here, the police said.
 
They were seriously wounded after being shot from close range by Mahipal Singh, a Haryana Police constable hailing from Bhungarka village in Mahindargarh who was posted with the judge for nearly two years. 
 
The Personal Security Guard was arrested while trying to flee to Faridabad. On Sunday, he was sacked from the Haryana Police.
 
The judge was not in the government car when the horrific incident occurred in Sector 49 on Saturday. 
 
Ritu suffered two bullet injuries in her chest and died due to excessive loss of blood, senior forensic expert and doctor Deepak Mathur told IANS.
 
To investigate the incident, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been set up under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of Police East of Gurugram, said a police officer.
 
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Judge's wife, son shot at in Gurugram

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The wife and son of an additional district judge were on Saturday allegedly shot at by the judge's security guard, injuring them.
 
"The two are injured and have been admitted to a hospital," Gurugram Police Commissioner K.K. Rao said. 
 
"The doctors are monitoring the condition of the two, who have been very critically injured," he said.
 
A preliminary report said security guard Mahipal Singh opened fire at the woman and her son, a senior police officer said. "We are trying to ascertain facts." 
 
A video shot by a passer-by showed the suspected assailant in uniform trying to lift the judge's son and put him in a car, but fled the spot when he could not do so. 
 
The incident occurred in Gurugram's sector 49. The victims have been identified as Ritu (38) and Dhruv (18), wife and son of Additional District Judge Shrikant. 
 
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Camille Chevalier looking to extend her lease over Hero Women's Indian Open

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Defending champion Camille Chevalier will return to extend the lease on the Hero Women’s Indian Open title at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon next week, looking for back-to-back titles.
 
Last year, the rising French star fired five birdies in her last eight holes to become the third successive LET rookie to win the title, following Emily Kristine Pedersen (2015) and Aditi Ashok (2016), all of whom went on to become the LET rookie of the year in their debut season on tour.
 
With rounds of 68, 69 and 67, Chevalier finished on 12-under-par and narrowly edged out Scotland’s Michele Thomson, who was leading after 15 holes before her putter turned cold. Anne Van Dam, Carlota Ciganda and Sarah Kemp ended three strokes further back in third place.
 
In the last three editions, it had ultimately all come down to the dramatic 18th hole at DLF. Chevalier’s precision accuracy helped her to walk away with the women’s trophy. At her 54th hole, she laid up short of the water and played a 58 degree wedge from 65 metres to within one metre from the hole, before rolling in her putt for birdie.
 
Chevalier said that practising regularly at Le Golf National in Paris, the 2018 Ryder Cup venue and home of the French Federation, was the perfect preparation for the challenging Gary Player-designed Black Knight Course. 
 
“At DLF, you can make birdies, but you really have to play smart. The greens are also very grainy in India. I’m excited to go back and see the course, because I think it suits my game well.” she said.
 
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Gaurika Bishnoi in sole lead in Hero Women's Golf

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Gaurika Bishnoi fired five birdies in her second round of 2-over 74 to lead the field in the 14th Leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour on Thursday.
 
Gaurika, who had carded 77 in her first round and has a total of 7-over 151. is on the top of the leaderboard with young Khushi Khanijau (71) trailing her by two shots. 
 
Afshan Fatima, winner last week in the 13th Leg of the Hero WPG Tour, returned 76 and at 154. She was third and one ahead of Neha Tripathi, who shot 73. With a total of 155, she is fourth.
 
Gaurika birdied third and ninth but bogeyed on second, sixth and eighth to be 1-over 37 in front nine. On her return, she birdied thrice between 12th and 15th, but also dropped shots on 11th, 13th, 17th and 18th for a total of 74.
 
Khushi, who had finished second in the 11th Leg at Hyderabad in August, shot the first sub-par round of the week -- 1-under 71 -- which included five birdies.
 
On her first nine, she shot two birdies but dropped a stroke ,while on coming back she e birdied 11th, 16th and 18th. However, three bogeys in a row from 13th to 15th spoilt her fine card.
 
Amateur Sifat Sagoo, who is playing on her home course, added 79 to her first round 80 and is tied-5th alongside first round co-leader, Millie Saroha (82).
 
Pre-tournament favourite Amandeep Drall shot 80 and was placed seventh, while Tvesa Malik (79-82) was tied-8th alongside Gursimar Badwal (84-77) and Anisha Padukone (86-75).
 
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Maruti Suzuki commences fleet testing of electric vehicles in India

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India's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki has commenced a nationwide fleet testing of electric vehicles (EVs) as part of its commitment to bring EVs in the country by 2020.
 
"Testing of these electric vehicles will help to gather critical inputs based on customer perspectives," a press release from the company said here on Friday.
 
"This extensive real life usage of the vehicles will help in validation and development of new technology. This exercise will help to create a reliable and suitable Electric Vehicle to delight Indian customers," it said.
 
The release said the prototype EVs were developed on an existing model by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and manufactured at Maruti Suzuki's plant at Gurugram near here, exclusively for fleet testing.
 
Speaking on the initiative, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India said, “Maruti Suzuki is committed to bring electric vehicle in 2020. The testing in multiple terrains and climatic conditions will help us get valuable insights from real life driving conditions. With these tests, we are confident that our electric vehicle will be well accepted by our valued customers.”
 
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Heavy rains lash Gurugram, traffic hit

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Heavy rains hit Gurugram on Tuesday, leading to the disruption of road traffic and hittingg normal life.
 
Light rains started at around 2 a.m., but it gained momentum by 4 a.m. and between 6 to 8 a.m., it turned into a heavy downpour, A.R.S. Sangwan, Deputy Director of Information, National Capital Region, Haryana Government, told IANS.
 
The traffic movement on the Delhi-Jaipur-Mumbai highway was severely hit due to waterlogging, Assistant Commissioner of Police Heera Singh said.
 
"Our team is trying to make the traffic movement smoother," Singh added.
 
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School bus mows down couple in Gurugram

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A school bus on Thursday mowed down a couple on a bicycle, killing both on the spot, police said.
 
The bus belonged to the Delhi Public School (DPS) and the accident took place in Sector 44.
 
Police officer Anil Yadav said the victims, identified as Gayasudeen (45) and his wife Anju, worked as helpers in a private school.
 
The bus driver and conductor managed to flee the spot after the accident.
 
People vandalised the bus and blocked traffic for over half an hour until the police dispersed them.
 
"The deceased couple hailed from West Bengal and lived here on rent. A further probe is on," Yadav added.
 
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