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Minor earthquake recorded in Sonipat region of Haryana

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Sonipat region of Haryana this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.9°N and longitude 77.0°E, occurred at 0743 hours at a focal depth of 5 km.
 
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TT: Tamil Nadu's Vishwa, Madhya Pradesh's Anusha win Junior titles

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Fifth-seeded Vishwa Deenadayalan of Tamil Nadu battled it out to overpower spirited Jeho Himnakulhpuingheta (Mizoram) 4-3 to win the Junior Boys' title of the UTT National Ranking Table Tennis Championships (North Zone) at the DPS Hall in Sonepat, Haryana on Saturday.
 
In the Junior Girls final, top seed Anusha Kutumbale of Madhya Pradesh prevailed over second seed Swastika Ghosh of Maharashtra 4-2.
 
In the see-saw boys' final, things were going in favour of the Tamil Nadu boy who led comfortably at 3-1 and looked like emerging an easy winner. But the never-say-die attitude of Jeho kept Vishwa on tenterhooks as the Mizoram boy, cashing in on his opponent’s lapse of concentration and unforced errors, particularly in the sixth game, won the next two to restore parity. In fact, the extended fifth game, which he won against Vishwa gave him the confidence and a real good chance for the last assault in the decider.
 
However, the TN boy just slowed down the game and executed some brilliant strokes which pushed Jeho behind somewhat. Yet, the Mizoram lad fought himself back but with a few points separating the two, Vishwa always had the upper hand. In the end, the Tamil Nadu paddler won comfortably to hoist the trophy.
 
Earlier in the semi-finals, Vishwa overcame state mate Preyesh Suresh Raj 4-2 after the left-hander failed to capitalise on the chances despite having an edge. However, it was a tough outing against Delhi’s Shreyaans Goel who squandered a 3-0 lead when Jeho opened out from the fourth to win the remaining games for a 4-3 verdict.
 
The girls' final, too, had all the trappings of a tough contest. It was pleasing to see the girl from Madhya Pradesh, who did exceedingly well while trying her hands in women singles the other day, keeping real focus in her category in annexing the title.
 
Swasitika, on the day, was inconsistent despite levelling the score after the first two games. But when Anusha took a 3-1 lead it was all but over for the Maharashtra girl who managed to take one more game. In the end, Anusha won the extended points in the sixth game to seal her fate. 
 
Results:
 
Junior Boys: Final: Vishwa Deenadayalan (TN) bt Jeho Himnakulhpuingheta (Miz) 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 12-14, 3-11, 11-8; Semi-finals: Vishwa Deenadayalan bt Preyesh Suresh Raj (TN) 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5; Jeho Himnakulhpuingheta bt Shreyaans Goel (Del) 8-11,8-11,10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.
 
Girls: Final: Anusha Kutumbale (MP) bt Swastika Ghosh (Mah) 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 13-11; Semi-finals: Swastika Ghosh bt Munmun Kundu (WB) 11-6, 13-11, 4-11, 11-8, 11-3; Ausha Kutumbale bt Anargaya Manjunath (Kar) 11-9, 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4. 
 
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TT: Manav wins Youth Boys title; Prapti lifts girls crown

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Top-seeded Manav Thakkar trounced Manush Shah 4-0 to lift the Youth Boys trophy in the final of the UTT National Ranking Table Tennis Championships (North Zone) at the DPS Hall  in Sonepat, Haryana on Friday.
 
In the Youth Girls’ final, a tentative Prapti Sen overcame Srushti Haleangadi of Maharashtra 4-2 for the crown.
 
Until the final, the left-handed and second-seeded Shah did everything right except overcoming the blues against Manav who, almost all the time, managed to beat him. So, it was according to script even today and after taking the first game rather easily, Manav was stretched a bit in the second. 
 
That was the only occasion when Shah looked like coming back in the match. But having won the second one on extended points, the PSPB paddler finished it off in style to go embark on his trips to Busan and Geelong for the Korea and Australia Open championships.
 
Thakkar started aggressively and finished exactly the same way in the straight-game win. But for Shah, he was unable to get his forehands right and even when he did, Manav hardly missed his returns.
 
Prapti, who plays brilliant at times, had some starting problem and it took her quite some time to calm her nerves down. It was very much in evidence as the somewhat off-colour West Bengal girl lost the first and won the second to catch her breath first. But after the marathon third game which Srushti won, it was the turn of Prapti to win the next which probably brought her confidence back against a resilient Srushti.
 
Thakkar had to play the toughest semi-final in recent times when Haryana’s Jeet Chandra challenged him in a well-contested match. 
 
After losing the men's singles final tamely yesterday, he jumped into a 2-0 lead before Jeet hit the groove nicely to level the score. Even in the second game, he stretched  Thakkar after a few deuces, shattering his confidence somewhat.
 
Thereafter, both players took a game each before the decider which went Thakkar's way.
 
Shah, on the other hand, easily beat Telangana’s SFR Snehit after dropping his third game.
 
In the Youth Girls semi-finals, Srushti Haleangadi easily beat Anusha Kutumbale, who did well to reach the women's singles semi-finals where she lost to eventual winner Akula Sreeja yesterday. She found the Maharashtra girl a hard nut to crack. Even otherwise, she made a lot of unforced errors which helped her opponent’s cause more than anything else.
 
She won just the second game, but Srushti went from strength to strength after going 2-1 up, never to look back.
 
Similarly, Prapti Sen won a tough first game and continued in right earnest against West Bengal mate Moumita Dutta, who just managed to the third game win, won 4-1.   
 
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Sreeja wins women's title, Amalraj opens season with men's crown

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Unfancied Akula Sreeja (RBI) created an upset as she overpowered Haryana’s Sutirtha Mukherjee 4-2 to lift her maiden women's singles title in the UTT National Ranking Table Tennis Championships (North Zone) at the DPS Hall, Sonepat in Haryana on Thursday.
 
Sreeja’s uncomplicated game plan kept her in contention right from the quarter-final when she ousted seeded Sagarika Mukherjee last night. She won a tough semi-final which must have done a world of good when she faced Suthirtha in the final.
 
The girl from Hyderabad was down 0-2 but the win in the third extended game changed the complexion of her approach even as the Haryana girl, a former national champion and No. 4 seed, seemed to have dropped her guard at the crucial junctures. Sreeja won the next game, again on extended points, before sealing her opponent’s fate with two more wins—the last two going her way with minimal points.
 
An elated Sreeja  said: “It was unexpected. But the win against Anusha (Kutumbale) gave me the confidence. After winning the third and fourth games in the final, I knew I needed a bit of luck to clinch it,” said the RBI girl.
 
In men's singles, Anthony Amalraj was in the best form of his life when he beat top-seeded Manav Thakkar 4-1. It must have been the easiest of finals that Amalraj had played in several seasons, particularly after a tough semi-final against Sudhanshu Grover earlier in the day.
 
Manav was unlike himself, lacking focus while Amalraj was both quick in executing his shots and establishing a comfortable 3-0 lead. His crisp shot from close to the table and those returns from way straight made him the favourite. So much so, Manav was struggling to cope with the speedy Amalraj and yet managed to take a game off him. But it was too late in the day as Amalraj quickly pulled the shutter down on him.   
 
Except for the two semi-finals, one each in men's singles and women's singles, the other semi-finals went down to the wire with Amalraj overcoming a stiff resistance by Sudhanshu Grover and Akula Sreeja from Anusha Kutumbale.
 
Manav dropped just one game after leading 2-0 before stifling out the left-handed Sanil Shetty who was all over and could not cope with his guile. On the other hand, it was a tough fight for the experienced Amalraj who got a real scare from his PSPB mate, Sudhanshu, who took the fifth and sixth games to level the score to take it to the decider. Amalraj simply pooh-poohed the threat and disposed of Sudhanshu in the decider, stopping him at just two points.
 
Similarly, it was rather easy for Haryana’s Suthirtha who blanked out reigning national champion Archana Kamath. However, a tug-of-war was witnessed in the second semi-final with the pendulum of fortune swinging from one end to another as both Sreeja and Anusha kept winning alternate games. Even in the decider, the game got extended but after deuce Sreeja showed enormous maturity against a nervous Anusha to win the last two crucial points to clinch a berth in her maiden final.
 
Men:
 
Semi-finals: Manav Thakkar bt Sanil Shetty (PSPB) 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, A. Amalraj bt Sudhanshu Grover (PSPB) 8-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8, 11-13, 8-11, 11-2.
 
Final: Anthony Amalraj (PSPB) bt Manav Thakkar (PSPB) 11-9, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8.
 
Women: 
 
Semi-finals: Sutirtha Mulherjee bt Archana Kamath (PSPB) 12-10, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5, Akula Sreeja bt Anusha Kutumbale (MP) 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 3-11, 12-10.
 
Final: Akula Sreeja (RBI) bt Sutirtha Mukherjee (HRN) 6-11, 7-11, 14-12, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9.
 
 
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Table Tennis: Haryana girls beat Delhi for team title

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Haryana blanked out top-seeded Delhi 3-0 to win the women's team championships of the UTT National Ranking (North Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the DPS School in Sonepat, Haryana on Sunday.
 
Sutirtha Mukherjee, Oishwarya Deb and Riti Shankar  polished off  Delhi's Vanshika Bhargava, Garima Goyal and Kritika Malik in style. Except for the second rubber, in which Oishwarya was stretched fully, the other two Haryana girls had it rather easy.
 
Haryana men will take on Delhi men tomorrow in the final. In their semi-final matches, Haryana defeated Rajasthan 3-0, while Delhi accounted for Punjab by the same margin.
 
Earlier in the semi-finals, Haryana girls beat Rajasthan 3-0 as Sutirtha Mukehrjee, Suhana Saini and Anjali Rohilla did their job to perfection. Similarly, Punjab was no match to Delhi as Vanshika, Garima and Tamanna Saini notched up a 3-0 triumph.
 
Meanwhile, in the singles events, beginning tomorrow, India’s top-ranked players in the world -- G. Sathiyan, A. Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra -- have chosen to opt out of the season-opener. This may have taken the sheen off the championships here, but would certainly provide the opportunity to the rest of the field, including the India hopefuls to make a good progress.
 
However, the other top Indians guns are very much in the fray with Manav Thakkar getting the top billing in men's singles when the open seeding took place today. Amalraj, who is seeded No. 2, could be running into the top-seeded Manav in the title clash.  
 
As for women's singles, reigning national champion Archana Kamath got the top seeding, with former national champion Madhurika Patkar at No. 2.  However, Krittwika Sinha Roy, who finished runner-up at the Cuttack Nationals, finds herself in the bottom half of the draw and seeded at No. 7.
 
The qualification events in women's singles begin tomorrow and it would be followed by men's singles. The competition department of TTFI has discontinued with the system of picking two qualifiers from each group for the main draw after finding the process somewhat cumbersome. From this season, only one qualifier from each group will go through to the second stage, which is a knock-out. 
 
Results:
 
Women:  Haryana bt Delhi 3-0 (Sutirtha Mukherjee bt Vanshika Bhargava 11-4, 12-10, 11-8, Oishwarya Deb bt Garima Goyal 11-8, 5-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, Riti Shankar bt Kritika Malik 14-12, 11-9, 11-7.
 
Semi-finals: Delhi bt Punjab 3-0 (Vanshika Bhargava bt Ananya Thakur 12-10, 11-7, 11-7, Garima Goyal bt Neha Patial 11-5, 11-6, 11-6, Tamanna Saini bt Aarushi Arora 11-6, 11-4, 11-3; Haryana bt Rajasthan 3-0 (Sutirtha Mukherjee bt Iti Sharma 11-7, 11-7, 11-8, Suhana Saini bt Nikita Rautela 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, Anjali Rohilla bt Manisha Sharma 11-5, 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, 11-6.
 
Men (Semi-finals): Delhi bt Punjab 3-0 (Utkarsh Gupta bt Nikhil Kumar 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, Payas Jain bt Harnooor Singh 12-10, 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, Aadarsh Om Chetri bt Kartik Dogra 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5); Haryana bt Rajasthan 3-0 (Jeet Chandra bt Shubham Ojha 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, Soumyajit Ghosh bt Vivek Bhargava 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-6, Sourav Saha bt Anukram Jain 11-9, 11-7, 11-5.
 
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PM unveils statue of Sir Chhotu Ram, lays foundation tone of Rail Coach Refurbishing Workshop in Haryana

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sampla in Rohtak district of Haryana on Tuesday to unveil a statue of Deenbandhu Sir Chhotu Ram and lay the foundation stone of the Rail Coach Refurbishing Workshop in Sonepat.
 
Once complete, the workshop will be a major repair and maintenance facility for rail coaches in the northern region. It is being set up using modular and prefabricated construction techniques, modern machinery and environment-friendly features.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said Chaudhary Chhotu Ram was one of those social reformers, who stood for the oppressed and the deprived.
 
The Prime Minister complimented Sir Chhotu Ram’s vision. In this context, he also spoke of the Bhakra Dam. He also mentioned Sir Chhotu Ram’s initiatives to provide remunerative prices to farmers and spoke of the steps taken by the Union Government in this regard.
 
The Rail Coach Refurbishing Workshop will contribute to the development of not just Sonepat, but the entire state of Haryana. It will benefit small entrepreneurs in the region, besides generating employment for youth, he added.
 
Speaking about the progress of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, he said that the first beneficiary of the health assurance scheme was from this State. He expressed satisfaction that, in two weeks, more than 50,000 people have benefited from this scheme.
 
Mr Modi mentioned the success achieved under the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” scheme. He observed that girls born in villages of Haryana are making the country proud in the global arena, and the youth of Haryana is helping make India a global sports power.
 
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Four teenagers from Haryana drown in Yamuna

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Four teenage boys from Haryana drowned while bathing in the Yamuna river in northwest Delhi early on Sunday, police said. 
 
The bodies of two of them were found, while the others were yet to be traced.
 
"Seven youngsters, all from Haryana's Sonipat district, had come to Alipur for a swim in the river. Four of them drowned, with a call on the incident received by police around 7.30 a.m., Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Gaurav Sharma said.
 
They were students of Class 9 in their native place.
 
The police officer said that fire brigade, a disaster management team comprising nine divers and motor boat were pressed into service to locate the boys. 
 
"However, bodies of only two have been located, as of now, and sent for post-mortem. Efforts are on to search for the two others," he added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sonipat region in Haryana, tremors felt in Delhi

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Sonipat region in  Haryana today and the tremors were felt in Delhi and other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR), Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.9°N and longitude 77.0°E, occurred at 1537 hourss at a focal depth of 5 km.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Sonipat region of Haryana

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Sonipat region of Haryana this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 29.0 degrees North and longitude 77.2 degrees East, occurred at 0627 hours at a depth of 5 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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Minor quake recorded in Haryana-Uttar Pradesh border region


An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in Sonepat district of Haryana and Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh in the border region between the two states.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin that the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 29 degrees North and longitude 77.2 degrees East, occurrd at 08.36 hours today at a depth of 10 km.


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