1235 bikers in Hubbali set world record for longest single line of cyclists

The Hubbali Bicycle Club set the world record for the longest single line of cyclists here on India’s 70th Republic Day.  
The ride, comprising 1235 bicycle riders in single file, was the largest such gathering ever recorded, marking a new Guinness World Record, a press release from the club said.
The club, in partnership with Hero Cycles, had undertaken the feat in order to raise global awareness about the need to respect cyclist rights. The members also wanted to highlight the necessity of taking up cycling as the commonest mode of daily commute to workplaces for combating the worsening air quality and traffic congestion,
The record for the "longest single line of bicycles" was initiated by the United States of America in October 2010 with 914 cyclists and it was recognized by the Guinness World Record Team. 
Five years later in 2015, the Cyclist Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina broke the record with 984 bicycles. This record was broken by Bangladesh with 1186 cyclists riding for 3.2 Km in December 2016.
“It takes tremendous discipline, strength and sheer will for more than 1500 riders to hold the position in a single line over a span of four kilometres. The Guinness Judges disallowed bikes that failed to stay within the line or create a gap of more than three bike lengths from being counted for the record," the release said.
People from many places such as Dharwad, Belgaum, Kolhapur and Udaipur rode their bikes all the way to Hubbali especially for this occasion. Bicycle clubs from several partss of India, national level sportspersons and disabled riders participated in the event.
A spokesperson of Hero Cycles said the company was proud to be part of this initiative as a sponsor. “We stand by the cause of enabling bicycling as a respectable means of transport for everybody because the twin evils of air pollution and traffic congestion are making living spaces unlivable and it is time this was brought to the attention of society at large.”
Also present at the occasion were Pralhad Joshi, MP from Dharwad and Jagdish Shettar, Karnataka MLA. Amit Samarth, who recently became the first Asian to complete the Trans-Siberian Extreme bicycle race, was present along with a number of other national level sportspersons and professional bikers.
The Hubbali Bicycling Club describes itself as a group of enthusiasts with a passion for nature, health and friendship. It comprises of businessmen, doctors, professors, students and professionals and has been regularly organizing events and challenges under the affiliation of Audax India.
Audax India Randonneurs (AIR) is an all-India organization of long-distance cyclists/ randonneurs, which is recognized by the Audax Club Parisien (ACP) for conducting and overseeing all Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux (BRMs) and Audax events in India.
Randonneuring brevets consist of 100km, 200 km, 300 Km, 400 km and 600 km cycling marathons with time stipulations and these events are becoming increasingly popular in India, the release added.

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Congress seeks probe into snags on Rahul Gandhi's flight to Hubli

The Congress on Thursday wrote to the Director General of Police of Karnataka saying that the aircraft in which its president Rahul Gandhi flew to Hubli in the state had suffered a mid-air technical snag and called for an objective and thorough investigation into the matter and appropriate action.
"It is also requested that the aircraft be grounded at Hubli with immediate effect and not be allowed to make another flight till the investigation of the matter is complete," the complaint, signed by Mr. Kaushal Vidyarthee, an aide of Mr. Gandhi, and addressed to Ms. Neelmani N. Raju, Director General of Police, Karnataka, said.
Mr. Gandhi began a two-day tour of Karnataka yesterday as part of the party's campaign for the May 12 elections to the state legislative assembly.
Mr. Vidyarthee said he had travelled from New Delhi to Hubli in the special flight (VT-AVH), along with four others, including Mr. Gandhi. It took off from Delhi at around 9.20 am and was scheduled to reach Hubli at around 11.45 am.
"However, during the course of the flight, following unexplained technical failures occured:
-- At around 10.45 am, the aircraft suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply, combined with violent shuddering of the aircraft body. It is to be stated that the weather outside was sunny, normal and not windy as per the observation of the passengers and as per the forecast for the day.
-- A clanking noise was clearly audible from one side of the plane throughout the shuddering of the aircraft body.
-- It was also learnt that the autopilot of the aircraft was not functioning.
-- An attempt was made to land the aircraft at Hubli three times and it finally landed on the third attempt.
The complaint said the aircraft landed at Hubli around 11.25 am "while continously shaking and making unusual audible sounds".
According to it, the whole flight experience left the passengers with "a lot of anxiety and distress, and positively fearing for their lives. The crew was also apparently petrified and admitted that the flight was particularly frightening and uncommon."
The letter said that it was apparent from the "suspicious and faulty performance" of the aircraft that the incidents of shuddering and altitude-dipping were not natural or weather-related, but were due to some technical snags.
"Serious questions related to intentional tampering with the aircraft cannot also be brushed aside and are required to be addressed and investigated," it said.
The complaint said the multiple unexplained technical snags during the flight, coupled with the failure of the auto-pilot system, raised serious issues of aviation safety and possible and intentional tampering with aircraft which endangered the lives of its occupants.
"A thorough examination of the structural and mechanical elements of the aircraft, surrounding circumstances of the flight and the persons attached with the maintenance of the aircraft is required in order to assess the incident," it said.
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SpiceJet to add Hubli as its fifth UDAN destination

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has said that it would commence operations with effect from May 14 from Hubli in Karnataka, its fifth destination under UDAN, the government's regional connectivity scheme.
SpiceJet was awarded Hubli under the second round of UDAN, a press release from the airline said.
With the addition of Hubli-Chennai and Hubli-Hyderabad routes, SpiceJet will operate six daily UDAN flights.
The airline had launched services on the Mumbai-Porbandar, Mumbai-Kandla, Jaipur-Jaisalmer and Hyderabad-Puducherry routes under the UDAN scheme last year.
SpiceJet will be the first airline to connect Hubli-Chennai and Hubli-Hyderabad with direct flights. The airline will also connect Hubli with key metro cities of Bengaluru and Mumbai, both of which are non-RCS sectors, the release said.
Hubli, the second largest city in Karnataka, houses the largest number of government offices in the state. Earmarked for the smart city project, it is also a major trading centre for commodities like cotton and iron.
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Prabhu flags off weekly train to Varanasi, daily service to Mysuru from Hubbali

Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu flagged off two trains -- 17323/17324 Hubballi - Varanasi - Hubballi Express (Weekly) and 17325/17326 Hubballi - Mysuru - Hubballi Express (Daily) -- through video conferencing from here today.
Railway Board Chairman A. K. Mital, Member Traffic Mohammad Jamshed and other senior officials were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Prabhu said Hubbali in Karnataka was coming up as an important training centre. He said the train to Mysuru, also in Karnataka, would be named as Vishwa Manav Express.
The Hubballi - Varanasi Express will serve pilgrims going to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, he said.
The Hubbali-Varanasi Express will have commercial stoppages at Gadag, Badami, Bagalkot, Almatti, Bijapur, Solapur Jn, Daund Jn, Ahmadnagar, Kopargaon, Manmad, Bhusaval, Khandwa, Itarsi, Pipariya, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, Satna, Manikpur Jn, Chheoki and Mirzapur.
The Hubbali-Mysuru Express will have commercial stoppages at Yalvigi, Haveri, Byadgi, Ranibennur, Harihar, Davangere, Chikjajur, Ajjampur, Birur Jn, Kadur Jn, Arsikere, Tiptur, Tumakuru, Yesvantpur, KSR Bengaluru City, Kengeri, Bidadi, Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya, Pandavapura and Shrirangapattana.

CCEA nod for four-laning of Hubli-Hospet section of NH-63 in Karnataka

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday  approved the development of four-laning of the Hubli-Hospet Section of national highway (NH)-63 in Karnataka. 
The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 2272.20 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road to be developed is approximately 144 kms, an official press release said.
The work will be done under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis. 
The project will help in expediting the improvement of infrastructure in Karnataka and in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Hubli and Hospet, the release said.
The development of this stretch will also help in uplifting the socio-economic condition of this region in the State, it said.
The project was earlier approved on BOT (Toll). Bids were invited for the project three times and one more time with increased Viability Gap Funding (VGF). However, no bids were received. As such, it was decided to implement the project through EPC mode. The project has been appraised by Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) in its meeting held in March, 2016, the release added.

World Bank to provide $100 miion loan for Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project

India signed the loan and project agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of $ 100 milion for the Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project here today.
The Loan Agreement was signed by Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Michael Haney, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
The Project Agreement was signed by Mr. V. Ponnuraj, Managing Director, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development & Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) on behalf of the Government of Karnataka. Mr. Haney signed the Project Agreement on behalf of the World Bank. 
An official press release said the objective of the project is to provide city-wide access to a continuous piped water supply in the eligible cities in Karnataka and to strengthen the service delivery arrangements at the city level.
KUIDFC is the implementing agency for the project. The project will have four broad components: (i) Capital Investment Program; (ii) Institution Building; (iii) Technical Assistance for Sector Development; and (iv) Project Management. 
The project will be implemented over a period of six years, initially in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad, with provision for other eligible cities to join the project at a later date. Under the project, the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation has hired a professional water supply operating company for improving the water supply system, as also to manage the refurbished system through a 12-year contract in accordance with strict performance criteria. 
The municipality will retain ownership of the water supply assets and control of the service delivery set up. The project will help the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation set up a city-level water utility that will take over water supply operations from the professional operating company at the end of its contract period. 
The project will benefit about one million residents of the Hubballi- Dharwad, including estimated 160,000 slum dwellers, the release added.

Three coaches, engine of Puducherry-Dadar Express derail near Hubli, no casualties

Three coaches and the engine of the 11006 Puducherry-Dadar Express derailed between Unkal and Hubli stations in Karnataka today, but there were no casualties, official sources said.
The mishap occurred about 17 km from Hubli on the route to Pune around 1535 hours in the Hubbali Division of South-Western Railway, they said.
"There were no casualties, no injuries, and all passengers are safe," Ministry of Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena said here.
As a result of the derailment, some trains have been cancelled, partially cancelled or diverted, the sources added.
The Railways have set up the following helplines for providing information to passengers and their relatives: 0836-2289699 and 2289501.

AAI undertakes construction of small airports at five locations in 2014-15

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the construction of small airports at five locations in the country during 2014-2015, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
In a written reply to a question, he said these locations are Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka, Kishangarh in Rajasthan, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. 
Dr Sharma said a task force under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation had been constituted for identification of other locations based on certain broad criteria such as minimum population of 10 lakhs, tourism potential, commercial viability, details of the flight movements in the past, social obligations, and so on.
He said the Government was open to private participation in the process of providing regional and remote area connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities through construction of small airports across the country. However, such consideration depends upon various factors such as willingness of the private players, commercial viability, socio-economic responsibility of the Government, support from the concerned State Governments, and so on, he added.

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SpiceJet resumes service to Hubli from Bengaluru, Mumbai

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today said it would resume flights to Hubli in Karnataka from March 1 with daily flights connecting the city with state capital Bengaluru and Mumbai.
The airline will operate 78-seater Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on these routes, a press release from the company said.
SpiceJet had earlier suspended its Hubli operations as the runway there was under maintenance since October 2014. The runway has since been declared to be completely functional.

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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.

CBI arrests Senior Divisional Engineer of South Western Railway in Hubli in bribery case


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested a Senior Divisional Engineer of South Western Railway at Hubli in Karnataka for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1.10 lakh from a contactor.

A press release from the agency said that, on the basis of a complaint from the contractor, a case was registered against the engineer for demanding the bribe from him for passing his bill.
The release said the CBI laid a trap and the accused was allegedly caught red-handed while
demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1,10,000 from the contractor in the presence of independent witnesses. Searches were conducted at various places in this regard, it said.

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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