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Five killed, two injured as chartered plane crashes in Mumbai suburb

At least five persons including a pedestrian were killed and two injured when a small chartered plane crashed in the thickly populated suburb of Ghatkopar in north-east Mumbai on Thursday, officials said.

 
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At least five persons including a pedestrian were killed and two injured when a small chartered plane crashed in the thickly populated suburb of Ghatkopar in north-east Mumbai on Thursday, officials said.
 
Eyewitnesses said that the plane was seen hurtling down in the narrow Jeevadaya Lane area and crashed with a deafening sound before breaking into pieces and bursting into flames around 1.15 p.m. There were two pilots and as many engineers on board.
 
The fuselage had broken into several pieces and one piece was recovered at least 50 metres away while some other portions of the plane burnt in the premises of an under-construction building. The fire was brought under control within half an hour by the fire brigade.
 
The aircraft's crucial Flight Data Recorder or Black Box was recovered.
 
A local passer-by in the vicinity of the crash was burnt fatally when some burning ATF fuel from the aircraft fell on him, said an eyewitness who was among the first to reach the spot.
 
The cause of the crash is not known and it occurred in the compound of the under construction Jagruti apartments, thereby averting a potentially major disaster.
 
There are usually at least four dozen labourers working on the premises but they had taken a lunch break when the aircraft hurtled there, creating a crater by its impact.
 
Aviation expert and Executive Airways Managing Director Pradeep Thampi said the aircraft was a 30-year-old King Air C-90, purchased from the Uttar Pradesh government by private company UY Aviation Pvt Ltd in Mumbai around a couple of years ago.
 
"Its call sign was VT-UPZ and it was a regular 12-seater on a test flight. The tragedy has claimed the pilot, co-pilot and two engineers. We cannot say immediately what may have led to the sudden crash," Thampi told IANS.
 
An Uttar Pradesh government spokesperson confirmed that the Mumbai-based UY Aviation Pvt Ltd had bought the aircraft a few years ago.
 
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu, who hails from Mumbai, expressed "deep shock" over the tragedy and directed the ministry officials concerned to rush to the accident site and provide all assistance possible.
 
Prabhu said he has ordered the Director-General of Civil Aviation to conduct an investigation into the crash and a team has left for the spot for a preliminary probe.
 
Mumbai Police, fire brigade, disaster relief agencies, besides local BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, legislators and others are at the site and further details of the victim crew members and pedestrians are awaited.
 
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16 dead, 15 injured, several trapped as five-storeyed building collapses in Mumbai

At least 16 people died and 15 others suffered injuries when an old, dilapidated five-storeyed building collapsed in the Bhendi Bazaar area, near J J Junction, in south Mumbai here this morning, official sources said.

 
16 dead, 15 injured in Mumbai building collapse
At least 16 people died and 15 others suffered injuries when an old, dilapidated five-storeyed building collapsed in the Bhendi Bazaar area, near J J Junction, in south Mumbai here this morning, official sources said.
 
Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai Assistant Commissioner J S Ghegadmal told NetIndian over the telephone from the scene that 31 victims had been extricated from the debris, of whom 16 were found dead.
 
The injured were rushed to the nearby J. J. Hospital, where the condition of some of them was stated to be serious, sources said.
 
With several more people feared trapped under the tonnes of debris, scores of men from the Mumbai Fire Brigade, the Municipal Corporation, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local residents were engaged in massive search and rescue efforts.
 
Cranes, gas cutters and other equipment were being used to clear the debris and cut through the mangled steel and concrete to reach the victims and look for possible survivors.
 
The structure was more than a hundred years old, sources said. It was locted in a heavily congested area in south Mumbai's C Ward, and rescue teams with their big vehicles and heavy equipment had a tough time reaching the spot.
 
The building had a playschool on the premises which would have opened at 10 am as usual. However, the building came down at about 8.30 am, much before the children were scheduled to arrive.
 
This is the third major incident of building collapse in the metropolis in recent weeks. On July 25, at least 17 people died and 11 others suffered injuries when a four-storeyed residential building collapsed in the suburban area of Ghatkopar.
 
On August 26, six people lost their lives when a part of a seven-storeyed under-construction building collapsed at Chandivali while some unauthorised portions of the structure were being demolished.
 
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Municipal officials said they received a call about the collapse of the building around 8.40 am and the fire brigade was immediately rushed to the spot. There was no immediate word on the number of people living in the building and how many of them were trapped under the debris. Police have cordoned off the area to facilitate the smooth conduct of the search and rescue operations.
 
The incident has come two days after Mumbai experienced its heaviest rainfall since the July 2005 floods.
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incient and is personally monitoring the situation.
 
He has ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident by a committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary (Housing).
 
Mr. Fadnavis has asked the Municipal Commissioner to submit a detailed report on the tragedy. He also asked the Municipal Commissioner to focus on ensuring immediate medical assistance to the injured persons. State Minister Subhash Desai visited the spot and later briefed Mr. Fadnavis about the situation.
 
Civic officials said the building had been declared unsafe for living six years ago. The residents had been served with evacuation notices in 2011 and ordered to vacate the building to enable redevelopment of the area under the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) project.
 
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16 dead, 14 injured in major fire at ammunition depot in Maharashtra

At least 22 defence personnel died and 14 others suffered injuries in a major fire that broke out in the early hours of Tuesday and triggered huge explosions at one of India's biggest ammunition depots at Pulgoan in Wardha district of Maharashtra.

 
16 dead, 14 injured in ammunition depot fire in Wardha
At least 16 people died and 14 others suffered injuries in a major fire that broke out in the early hours of today and triggered huge explosions at one of India's biggest ammunition depots at Pulgoan in Wardha district of Maharashtra.
 
Wardha district officials said the injured had been admitted to hospitals in Wardha town, about 30 km from Pulgaon, for treatment, official sources said.
 
The massive fire and the explosions that followed lit up the night sky in the town, located about 100 km from Nagpur.
 
The fire broke out in the Central Ammunition Depot around 1.30 am today and was brought under control by around 6 am today, they said.
 
The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained and would be established only after an inquiry, they said.
 
The sources said families living in accommodation near the depot were evacuated to safer places as a precautionary measure.
 
Fire brigade personnel worked throughout the night to bring the blaze under control.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the fire.
 
“Pained by loss of lives caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter
 
"I pray that those who are injured recover quickly," he said, adding that he had asked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to rush to the spot and take stock of the situation. 
 
Chief of Army Staff Gen Dalbir Singh is also rushing to Wardha for an assessment of the situation, the sources added.
 
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Modi says housing for all will be achieved by 2022

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said housing for all will be achieved by 2022 while unveiling development projects in Yavatmal and Dhule districts in Maharashtra.
 
Modi, during his visit to Yavatmal, handed over the keys to selected beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). 
 
“About 14,500 new houses are built at Yavatmal under PMAY. We will achieve our target of Housing for All by 2022. These concrete homes will lead to concrete dreams of people inhabiting them,” he added.  
 
He distributed certificates and cheques to women Self Help Groups (SHGs) under the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission.
 
He said this program was an extension of efforts to provide each and all the Panchdhara of development, that is an education for children, livelihood to youth, medicine for senior citizens, irrigation to farmers and redressal of public grievances.
 
With the press of a button, he laid the foundation stone of roads’ project worth Rs 500 crore. He flagged off the Humsafar Ajni (Nagpur) - Pune train through video link. He emphasized that connectivity was the key to development and road and railway projects will help in overall development of Yavatmal and surrounding regions.
 
Addressing a public gathering, Modi said, “We are undergoing a deep sorrow and anguish over the Pulwama attack. Two brave sons of Maharashtra have also sacrificed their lives for the nation. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families. 
 
“Their sacrifices will not go in vain. We have given security forces full freedom to choose a time, place and manner to decide the future course of action. If we are able to fulfil the dreams we aspired for or to develop nation it is because of the sacrifices of our brave soldiers,” he added.
 
In order to conduct research on the Sickle cell disease, a research centre was being built at Chandrapur.
 
Prime Minister inaugurated the Sahastrakund Eklavya Model Residential School. Its campus, spread across 15 acres, has all the modern amenities. He expressed the hope that the School will fulfil the aspiration of tribal children. It was a part of his mission to set up 1000 Eklavya Model Residential Schools across tribal areas.
 
“We are especially committed to the cause of overall development of tribals from Jandhan to Vandhan. While Jandhan has helped in the financial inclusion of the poor, Vandhan is helping in bringing additional income to the poor through Minor Forest Produce. 
 
“We are setting up Vandhan Kendras for value addition to Minor Forest Produce so that the tribals get a better deal for their produce. We have also de-notified bamboo as a tree so that tribals can diversify their income from bamboo and its produce,” he added. 
 
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Later, in Dhule, he inaugurated the Lower Panazara Medium Project under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). The project was included in PMKSY in 2016-17. It has a total water storage capacity of 109.31 MCum, with an irrigation potential of 7,585 hectares; it will bring water to about 21 villages of Dhule district.
 
He also laid the foundation stone of Sulwade Jamphal Kanoli Lift Irrigation Scheme. The scheme envisages lifting 9.24 TMC of flood water from the river Tapi during 124 days of the monsoon season. The scheme seeks to irrigate a land area measuring 33,367 hectares, spanning around 100 villages of Dhule district.
 
Modi laid the foundation stone of Dhule City Water Supply Scheme, under AMRUT. The scheme will ensure water availability and hence boost industrial and commercial growth. He also laid the foundation stone of Dhule-Nardana Railway Line and Jalgaon–Manmad third Railway Line.
 
He flagged off the Bhusaval-Bandra Khandesh Express train through a video link. The overnight train will provide direct connectivity between Mumbai and Bhusawal and will run three days a week.
 
He inaugurated the Jalgaon-Udhna Railway line after doubling and electrification. This will increase the capacity of ferrying passengers as well as goods. It will act as a catalyst for the development of Nandurbar, Vyara, Dharangaon and other places on the section.
 
Referring to the terrorist attack in Pulwama, the Prime Minister said while this was a time of restraint, sensitivity and grief, a befitting reply will be given. “India is now a country with a new way and a new policy, the world will also experience this. Our defence forces will not allow any elements inimical to the nation, to sleep peacefully. If someone hurts the New India, the nation will not let them get away with it,” he added.
 
He said Dhule has the potential to become an important industrial city of the country. It is located in a place which makes it suitable for trade with different cities of the nation. Several National Highways pass through Dhule, he noted.
 
The connectivity of the district was being further enhanced with two new railway lines, the foundation stone for which has been laid today,  While the widening of the Udhna–Jalgaon railway line was started around a decade ago, it could be completed only now. Both the double-laning as well as the electrification of this rail line have been completed.
 
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Modi to visit Maharashtra on Saturday, to unveil various development projects

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Yavatmal and Dhule in Maharashtra on Saturday where he will unveiil multiple development projects in the state.
 
An official press release said that, at Yavatmal, Modi would inaugurate the Eklavya Model Residential School at Nanded through the press of a button. 
 
The school has a total capacity of 420 students with state-of-the-art facilities. It will help in improving quality of education amongst tribal students and also provide an avenue for their overall growth and personal development, the release said.
 
He will hand over the keys to selected beneficiaries for the  e-Gruh Pravesh of  houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), the government's flagship housing scheme.
 
He will flag off the Ajni (Nagpur)-Pune train through a video link. The train comprises 3-tier air conditioned coaches and will provide overnight service between Nagpur and Pune. The foundation stone of roads under central road fund (CRF) will also be laid through the press of a button.
 
The Prime Minister will also distribute certificates/ cheques under Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) to women self-help groups (SHGs). MSRLM aims at social mobilization towards financial inclusion which help in ensuring farm and non-farm livelihoods opportunity through facilitation of door-step delivery of financial services.
 
At Dhule, Modi will inaugurate the Lower Panazara medium irrigation project, which was included in the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchan Yojana (PMKSY) in 2016-17. It has a total water storage capacity of 109.31 MCum with irrigation potential of 7585 hectares benefitting about 21 villages of Dhule district.   
 
He will lay the foundation stone of the Sulwade Jamphal Kanoli Lift Irrigation Scheme. This scheme envisages lifting 9.24 TMC of flood water from river Tapi in 124 days of monsoon season. It is proposed to irrigate 33367 hectares area of about 100 villages of Dhule district.
 
Modi will also lay the foundation stone of Dhule City Water Supply Scheme under AMRUT, which will ensure water availability to boost industrial and commercial growth.
 
He will lay the foundation stone of the Dhule-Nardana railway line and the third railway line between Jalgaon and Manmad.
 
He will flag off the Bhusaval-Bandra Khandesh Express, which is an overnight train that will run three days a week and provide direct connectivity between Mumbai and Bhusawal.
 
The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Railways' Jalgaon-Udhana doubling and electrification project. The project will increase the capacity of ferrying passengers as well as goods.  It will act as a catalyst for development of Nandurbar, Vyara, Dharangaon and other places on the section, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquakes recorded in Palghar region of Maharashtra

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Two minor earthquakes were recorded in the Palghar region of Maharashtra today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, of magnitude 3.1 on the Richter scale with its epicentre at latitude 20.0°N and longitude 72.8°E, occurred at 1044 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
The second tremor, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale and with its epicentre at latitude 19.9°N and longitude 72.8°E, occurred at 1312 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
Earlier in the morning, a quake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It had its epicentre at latitude 32.2°N and longitude 76.4°E and occurred at 0735 hours at a focal depth of five km, the bulletin added.
 
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Six minor tremors shake Palghar region of Maharashtra

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A series of six minor earthquakes shook Palghar district of Maharashtra in the space of about ten hours during the day today.
 
The first tremor, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded at 0658 hours, with its epicentre at latitude 20.0°N and longitude 72.9°E, at a focal depth of 10 km. This was followed by two more in the same location, measuring 3.5 and 3.0 on the Richter scale, at 1003 hours and 1029 hours, both at depths of 5 km.
 
The strongest of the tremors, which measured 4.1 on the Richter scale, occurred at 1406 hours, with its epicentre at latitude 19.9°N and longitude 72.8°E at a focal depth of 5 km.
 
This was followed by two more in the same location, at 1553 hours and 1657 hours, measuring 3.6 and 3.5 on the Richter scale, at a focal depth of 5 km.
 
No casualties or loss of property was reported from anywhere, sources said.
 
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BHEL bags order for emission control equipment for Bhusawal 660 MW supercritical power project

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had secured an additional order from the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) for its ongoing 660 MW coal-based supercritical thermal power project at Bhusawal thermal power station (Unit 6). 
 
The project is being executed by BHEL on engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) basis in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, a press release from the company said.
 
"Mahagenco has reposed faith in BHEL by awarding the additional order for installation of emission control equipment, changes in various equipment/subsystems due to change in coal, modification in CHP/AHP, etc. With this order, the revised order value for the Bhusawal TPS Unit 6 EPC project is now around Rs.3,750 crore. The initial order was won by BHEL against stiff International Competitive Bidding (ICB)," the release said.
 
BHEL has been a leader in the emission control equipment business for several decades and was one of the earliest entrants in the country. BHEL has so far secured orders for providing 34 sets of Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) system for SOx control and 13 sets of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system for NOx control.
 
"BHEL is fully geared to cater to the full range of emission control equipment to meet the latest stringent norms for Indian thermal power plants. BHEL’s credentials as one of the leading suppliers of Electrostatic Precipitators for controlling Particulate Matter (PM) emission in power plants, are already well established. BHEL also has an ongoing technology collaboration with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), Japan, for highly efficient sate-of-the-art FGD systems and with HLB Power, Republic of Korea, for large size Gates and Dampers," the release said.
 
On the NOx control front also, the company possesses in-house capabilities to supply the technology for reducing NOx levels through efficient low NOx burner systems as well as suitable modifications in Boilers. In addition, BHEL is supplying state-of-the-art SCRs for higher reduction in NOx emission and has technology collaboration with NANO Co. Ltd., Republic of Korea, for SCR Catalysts in coal fired power plants.
 
"With this order, BHEL is poised to achieve its objective to indigenously design and manufacture key equipment for the entire range of emission control, thereby providing twin boost to the Government’s plan of ‘Making in India’ and its Intended National Determined Contributions (INDC) for limiting the carbon footprint of the nation," the releases added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Palghar district of Maharashtra

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, shook Palghar district of Maharashtra this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which  had its epicentre at latitude 20.0°N and longitude 72.9°E, occurred at 1839 hours at a focal depth of 12 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
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Maharashtra’s first greenfield Smart Industrial City AURIC attracts Rs. 3,600 crore investment

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Aurangabad Industrial City (AURIC), one of the India's first greenfield industrial smart cities along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), has attracted an investment of Rs. 3,600 crore so far from investors.
 
Planned across an area of 10,000 acres on the outskirts of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, AURIC has allotted 50 plots comprising 507,164 sq. mt. thereby creating 2,000 direct employment opportunities, a press release from AURIC said.
 
Infrastructure packages of Rs. 7,947 crore have been approved by the Government of India to help AURIC offer high-value, sustainable infrastructure that will support long-term economic vitality, a high quality of life, and a knowledge-based ecosystem with breakthrough innovation and efficiency, it said.
 
Hyosung Corporation of South Korea, the largest global spandex producer, is committed to invest around Rs. 3,000 crore for 100 acres of land in AURIC, the release said.
 
It said several global companies from the US, Europe, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea have also been considering investments in AURIC such as Russia’s Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK), manufacturer of high-quality steel products; Guangdong Baihe Medical Technology Co. Ltd. of China; Fuji Silvertech Japan’s leading precast concrete manufacturing company. 
 
Companies closer home around AURIC include Skoda, Siemens, Bajaj, Johnson & Johnson, Crompton & Greaves, Perkins, Liebherr, Lupin, Endress + Hauser, Wockhardt & Endurance, amongst others.
 
Gajanan Patil, Jt. MD, Aurangabad Industrial Township Ltd. (AITL), said, “The first phase of AURIC will be completed by 2019. AURIC is expected to make Aurangabad as a major manufacturing hub, which is likely to create about 3,00,000 new jobs and thus attract skilled labour. About 3,00,000 people are expected to reside in a top class infrastructure once the city is fully developed. An environment friendly city is being planned with the help of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). AURIC will make Maharashtra the most preferred investment destination in India.”
 
The release said the new integrated industrial township will be a congregation of office spaces, residences, hotels, large & small format retail, hospitals, schools, parks, entertainment hubs and lots more. 
 
It said 60% of the total land has been utilized for industrial purposes, while 40% is for residential, commercial, institutions, open spaces and social-cultural amenities. 
 
"To implement this vision, a state-of-the-art smart technology will be employed, infrastructure will focus on clean, reusable and recycling methodologies, and industrial growth will be encouraged in targeted areas to build upon the industrial success of the region," the release said.
 
"The Future-ready Smart Industrial City will showcase Smart Governance features such as e-LMS (Land Management System) which is specially developed for AURIC. This is the first-of-its-kind system in the country in which land allotment has been made simpler and efficient with a vision of ensuring 100% digital and paperless transactions.
 
"AURIC will provide a high grade and cost-efficient power source, with a reduced carbon footprint and compact design. Operated out of a GIS substation with a SCADA system, residents are assured 24x7 reliable power with an underground cable for every plot and ICT enabled 'Smart + Connected' City components including Fiber optic infrastructure, Public Wi-Fi, AURIC e-Governance and ERP (AEE), Surveillance system, Internet of Things (IoT) for utilities, Multi-Services digital kiosks, Environmental sensors, e-Education and e-Healthcare, Smart poles, Cloud hosting.
 
"AURIC s one of the unique smart cities in India which has sustainability at his core with Technology driven features such as Diversification of Water Sources and water management practices, with a SCADA controlled water supply in place. The City focuses on water conservation and recycling water for industrial use through state-of-the-art Central Effluent Treatment Plants and Sewage Treatment facilities. Power distribution license - enabling lower power tariffs. AURIC will be the first smart city to use the recycled sewage water and will have robust infrastructure and high quality - cost effective stable power supply.
 
"The sustainability quotient is maintained with open spaces which have been developed to cater not only to ecological and sustainable demands, but also to be of gainful utility wherever the activities demand. It also includes space for Lakes, Creek Corridor, Streetscape, Reforestation, Buffer, etc., along the periphery.
 
"Besides a rail and highway network that connects AURIC to major cities in India, AURIC is only 10 minutes away from the Aurangabad International Airport. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's (JNPT) dry port and container terminal at Jalna is only 40 kilometres away. This will give industries at AURIC easy access to India's largest sea port of the country- the JNPT.
 
Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) is formed for development Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). This corridor passes through six states namely - Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra. Initially two nodes were selected from Maharashtra in the first phase, namely Shendra Bidkin Industrial area near Aurangabad and Dighi Port Industrial area in Raigad district of Maharashtra.
 
An SPV was formed between DMICDC and MIDC in 49:51 ratio. Accordingly, SPV at SBIA was formed on 12.12.2014 which was named as - Aurangabad Industrial Township Ltd (AITL) which was branded as AURIC during Make in India Week in 2016. 
 
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KYIG: Likith picks three swimming gold for Karnataka but Maharashtra stay ahead in overall tally

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Karnataka made the biggest gains on Monday, but there was no change in the top-four positions in the overall medals tally as hosts Maharashtra stayed on top of the heap with 59 gold, 48 silver and 59 bronze for a total of 166 medals.
 
Delhi (43 gold, 31 silver and 41 bronze) stayed in the second place while Haryana also stayed put in third despite winning three gold during the day. Haryana, who had gold in hockey, swimming and women’s weightlifting - have 36 gold, 34 silver and 37 bronze and a total of 107 medals.
 
Karnataka also stayed where they started, in fourth place, despite winning six gold medals during the day. They now have 25 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze.
 
Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh swapped places as TN moved to fifth and UP slipped to sixth. TN picked four gold, while UP gained two.
 
Swimming had the most gold at stake with 15 gold up for grabs. Karnataka picked up six of them, with SP Likith accounting for two of them in the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.
 
Monday’s big winner was Karnataka swimmer, SP Likith, who won three gold medals during the course of the day and it now takes his tally from these Games to five gold medals. Apart from 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke he also won a gold from 4 x 100m freestyle. He has already won 100m breaststroke and another gold from another relay, the 4 x 100m medley.
 
Srihari Nataraj, who was Likith’s teammate in the relay today, also has five gold medals from these Games.
 
Likith, 20, trains at the Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre in Bengaluru. He is from Jain University in Bengaluru and also excelled at the Inter-University Swimming and also won two silver medals at the Nationals in Trivandrum in 2018.
 
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu picked two golds each, while Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh won one each.
 
Maharashtra’s two golds came from Kenisha Gupta in 50 freestyle and Apeksha Fernandes in 200m butterfly. It was Kenisha’s third individual gold and Apeksha’s second.
 
In the first team gold, Haryana’s fancied Under-17 Boys team beat Punjab 1-0 in the hockey final in Mumbai.
 
The shooting range saw Sidhu twins from Chandigarh, Udhayveer and Vijayveer pick two medals. Udhayveer won the gold in Under-17 Boys 10m Air Pistol, while his twin, Vijayveer had to settle for silver as he was beaten by a mere 0.2 points in the 10m Air Pistol for Under-21 Boys. Punjab’s Arjun Singh Cheema, the Junior World Cup gold medallist, beat Vijayveer to the gold.
 
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Dharshini, Rudra impress as Maharashtra lifters stay in the lead at KIYG

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Tamil Nadu duo T. Dharshini and S. Rudra Mayan turned in dazzling performances to snap up gold medals on day six of the weightlifting competition of the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Monday.
 
With only a day to go, Maharashtra sit atop the table with a total of 13 medals, stamping their authority seven times with gold alongside three silver and as many bronze. Punjab with four gold are second, while Tamil Nadu who joined the bandwagon today along with Manipur, Andhra Pradesh and Mizoram with three gold each.
 
The women’s 81kg U-17 started proceedings for the day with Maharashtra girl Vaishnavi Pawar grabbing gold with a total of 114kg (snatch 54kg, clean and jerk 60kg). Gayatri Reddi of Andhra Pradesh claimed silver with a total of 109kg (snatch 44kg, clean and jerk 65kg) while M. Deeba (TN) took bronze with 102kg.
 
 A determined Dharshini ensured that an U-17 bronze would be compensated with gold in the 81kg U-21 category. She had a total of 192kg (snatch 85, clean and jerk 107kg) while Christina Tayeng from Arunachal Pradesh with a total of 154kg (snatch 69kg, clean and jerk 85kg) was well short but still took silver while Shewta Pundir of Uttar Pradesh won bronze on 154kg.
 
Dharshini also broke her records in snatch, clean and jerk and total weight. In snatch she bettered her old mark by 1 kg with 85kg, went 2kg better with 107kg in clean and jerk and improved her total lift from 190 to 192kg.
 
S. Rudra Mayan from Tamil Nadu displayed excellent technique in the men’s +102kg U-17 category clinching the gold and breaking records in snatch, clean and jerk and total weight. He had a total of 269kg (snatch 118kg, clean and jerk 151kg). Ashwani Tejya from UP lifted a total of 250kg (snatch 110kg, clean and jerk 140kg) for silver while Punjab’s Gagandeep Gill won bronze with a 216kg total.
 
Rudra Mayan eclipsed the earlier records by 3kg in snatch, by 8kg in clean and jerk and and by 11kg in total weight.  
 
In the men’s 102kg U-17s, UP took both gold and silver. Pushpendra Singh Chaudhary with a total of 254kg (snatch 114kg, clean and jerk 140kg) won gold while Avinash Yadav took silver with 234kg (snatch 109kg, clean and jerk 125kg. No bronze medal was awarded in this category.
 
Pradeep Kumar Yadav also from UP gave Andhra Pradesh’s B. S. D. Vishnu Vardhan a good fight in the men’s 102kg U-21 category before bowing to Vishnu Vardhan at the critical moments in the competition. Vishnu Vardhan lifted 279kg (snatch 121kg, clean and jerk 158kg), for gold while while fell short by just 2kg in a total of 277kg (snatch 123, clean and jerk 154). Dilpreet Singh of Punjab won bronze with 245kg.
 
Muskan Singh of Haryana won gold in the women’s +81kg U-17 category with a total weight of 135kg (snatch 60kg, clean and jerk 75kg) while Maibam Martina Devi clinched silver for Manipur with 130kg (snatch 60kg, clean and jerk 70kg). A. Mohana Priya from Tamil Nadu pocketed bronze with 123kg.
 
RESULTS:
 
U-17 Youth Women’s 81kg: 1. Vaishnavi Pawar (Mah) 114 kg, 2. Reddi Gayathri (AP) 109 kg, 3. M Deeba (Tnd) 102 kg.
 
U-17 Youth Women’s +81kg: 1. Muskan Singh (Hrn) 135kg, 2. Maibam Martina Devi (Mnp) 130 kg, 3. A. Mohana Priya (Tnd) 123 kg.
 
U-21 Junior Women’s 81kg: 1. T. Dharshini (Tnd) 192 kg, 2. Christina Tayeng (Arn) 154 kg, 3. Shweta Pundir (UP) 154 kg.
 
U-17 Youth Men’s 102kg: 1. Pushpendra Singh Chaudhar (UP) 254 kg, 2. Avinash Yadav (UP) 234 kg.
 
U-17 Youth Men’s +102kg: 1. S. Rudra Mayan (Tnd) 269 kg, 2. Ashwani Tejya (UP) 250 kg, 3. Gagandeep Gill (Pun) 216 kg.
 
U-21 Junior Men’s 102kg: 1. B.S.D. Vishnu Vardhan (AP) 279 kg, 2. Pradeep Kumar Yadav (UP) 277 kg, 3. Dilpreet Singh (Pun) 245 kg.  
 
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Devanshi snares gold; Mehuli, Manisha become double gold medallists

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Devanshi Rana’s solid start provided her the necessary insurance against a less than productive showing in the final stages to win the junior (Under-21) women’s 25m pistol gold in the Khelo India Youth Games here today. In the end, the daughter of national junior pistol coach Jaspal Rana held off a challenge by Haryana’s resurgent Anjali Choudhary.
 
In a field that was bereft of shooters like Manu Bhaker and Muskaan (both Haryana), the Delhi girl won by the barest of margins, 24-23 after dueling with Anjali Choudhary. The Haryana girl’s confidence and rhythm found expression after she secured four hits (10.2 points or higher) in the ninth series to force a shoot-off with the consistent Abhidnya Patil (Maharashtra). 
 
She won that battle to get the chance to topple the Delhi girl from the pedestal. The 19-year-old from Delhi managed just one hit to finish with 24.  Devanshi heaved a sigh of relief that Anjali did not replicate her score from the previous round but had only three hits in the last series. She herself had done well to start the final with nine hits from the first competition stage of 15 shots.
 
Anjali hit a purple patch, scoring 17 hits off 30 (against 15 by Devanshi) but by securing just three hits in that final series, she let Devanshi Rana, who has  represented India in Junior World Cups and Junior World Championships, keep her nose ahead and claim the gold medal.
 
West Bengal’s Mehuli Ghosh became the first double gold medallist in shooting at KIYG2019 when she teamed up with 10-year-old Abhinav Shaw in the 10m air rifle mixed team event. Despite slipping into practice mode after winning the individual gold yesterday, Mehuli Ghosh kept her tryst with the 10s every time today to steal a march on Gujarat shooter Elavenil Valarivan again.
 
Manisha Keer followed suit not too long after by winning the mixed trap gold for Madhya Pradesh with Anwer Hassan Khan. She had claimed gold in the women’s trap yesterday. The Madhya Pradesh pair shot down 35 birds in the 50-shot final. Delhi’s Vrishankaditya Parmar and Kirti Gupta shot 32 to take the silver medal.
 
Yet, despite Mehuli and Manisha’s double gold medals, it was Devanshi Rana who took the largest share of the spotlight on Sunday.
 
It was Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s son, Manavaditya Singh Rathore, who showed that he is a chip off the old block by winning the trap gold yesterday and today, it was Devanshi Rana’s turn to reveal her pedigree. Her father was among the first Indian pistol prodigies.
 
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Football: Punjab, Goa in Boys U-21 semis; Manipur, Jharkhand rout rivals in Girls U-17

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Punjab and Goa chalked out contrasting victories over their rivals in Pool B to qualify for the semi-finals in the U-21 Boys football competition of the Khelo India Youth Games here on Saturday.
 
in Pool A, Mizoram has already made the cut with six points from two matches.
 
In the Girls U-17 category, Jharkhand and Manipur chalked out thumping victories over Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh to make it to last four.
 
In Boys U-21, Punjab overpowered Manipur 2-0 while Goa downed Karnataka 1-0 to record their second successive victories and with six points each assured themselves a place in the knock-out stage.
 
For Punjab, captain Parmeet Jutty (27th) and Vikrant Singh (28th) were the goal getters.
 
 Goa had to battle hard to put it across Karnataka. Joel Dias scored the all important goal in the 50th minute. Goa and Punjab will face each other in the last league match to decide the first and second placers.
 
The two matches in U-17 Girls section were totally one-sided as Jharkhand thrashed Chandigarh 12-0. Sharda , Sumati (3 each), Sunita , Laxmi (two each) and Nitu and Priya (one each) were the goal getters.
 
Manipur outlasted Uttar Pradesh 8-0. N.P.Devi (3) Yumlembam (2) Laishram, Vunglawmching and Morengthem (one each ) scored for their team.
 
In Women U-21, Tamil Nadu has already qualified for the knock-out stage with six points from two matches in Pool A while Mizoram and Odisha will fight it out for the second place.
 
In Pool B, Manipur, Maharashta (6 points each ) and Bihar (3) points have a match each and their outcome will decide the two place.
 
Boys (U-17): Both the matches, Uttar Pradesh vs Odisha and Maharashtra vs Kerala ended in goalless draws and that threw this pool wide open for the teams to qualfy for the semi finals.
 
Results:
 
Boys
(U-21)
Goa bt Karnataka 1-0
Punjab bt Manipur 2-0
 
 (U-17)
 
Uttar Pradesh drew Odisha 0-0
Maharashtra drew Kerala 0-0
 
Girls 
(U-21)
Bihar bt Jharkhand 6-0
Manipur bt Maharashtra 2-1
 
 U-17
Manipur bt Uttar Pradesh 8-0
Jharkhand bt Chandigarh 12-0
 
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Yuga Birnale leads Maharashtra’s gold rush, Delhi,Karnataka follow closely

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Yuga Birnale led Maharashtra’s charge with three medals, including two gold, as the hosts maintained their domination in the pool with Karnataka and Delhi following them closely in the swimming completion of the Khelo India Youth Games here on Sunday.
 
Of the 12 golds at the stake, Maharashtra picked up four while Delhi and Karnataka shared three each while Chhattisgarh and Gujarat claimed one each.
 
Yuga gave the hosts their first gold of the day in the U-21 women’s 200m medley in 2:32.75. Rajasthan’s Firdoush  Kayamkhani (2:35.94) and  Gujarat’s Kalyani Saxena (2:35.95) were second and third.
 
She clinched her second medal, a bronze, in the 200m back stroke. The gold in this event was claimed by Gujarat’s Maana Patel (2:23,00). Bengal’s Soubrity Mondal was second (2:29.80) while the Maharashtra swimmer timed 2;34.09.
 
Yuga collected her third gold in the 4x100 m medley. Maharashtra won it in 4: 41.17, Tamil Nadu finished second for silver (4:49.33) and Gujarat was third (4:49.33).
 
Maharastra‘s Kanisha Gupta clinched the gold in a lopsided 200m medley in Girls U-17 section. She timed 2:29.68 while Goa’s Shrungi Bandekar (2:32.28) and MP’s Kanya  Nayyar(2:33.19) bagged a silver and bronze each.
 
Vedant Bapna won the 4th gold for the hosts in the Boys U-17 200m back stroke without facing much resistance. He timed 2:10.46 while Delhi’s Nanak Moolchandani (2:11.80) and Telengana’s Jaswanth Reddy (2:16,10)  were second and third.
 
Swadesh Mondal earned Delhi their first gold of the day in a well contested 200m medley event in boys U-17 section. The Delhi swimmer warded off the challenge from Goa’s Shoan Ganguly and D. Adhithya (TN) in the last lap to clinch the top podium place. Mondal timed 2:13.48, while Ganguly returned 2:17.07 and Adhithya clocked 2:17.28.
 
Anurag Singh and Kushagra Rawat won a gold each for Delhi late in the day in 800m freestyle in Boys u-17 and Men U-21 section, respectively
 
Gold medal winners for Karnataka were Suvana Baskar in 200 m medley, 4x100m medley in girls U-17, and Srihari Nataraj in 200m back stroke  in boys medley.
 
Another gold medal winner of the day was Chhattisgarh’s Shivakash Sahu in 200m medley in boys U-21 section.
 
Under-17:
 
200m medley: 1. Kenisha Gupta (Maharashtra) 2.29.68; 2. Shrungi Bandekar (Goa) 2.32.28; Kanya Nayyar (M.P) 2.33.19
200m backstroke: 1. Suvana Baskar (Karnataka) 2.26.05; 2. Nina Venkatesh (Karnataka) 2.31.00; 3. Shrungi Bandekar (Goa) 2.32.84
4×100m medley: 1. Karnataka 4.36.91; 2. Maharashtra 4.43.06; 3. Delhi 4.45.55
 
Under-21: 
200m medley: 1. Yuga Birnale (Maharashtra) 2.32.75; 2. Firdoush Kayamkhani (Rajasthan) 2.35.94; 3. Kalyani Saxena (Gujarat) 2.35.95
200m backstroke: 1. Maana Patel (Gujarat) 2.23.00; 2. Soubrity Mondal (West Bengal) 2.29.80; 3. Yuga Birnale (Maharashtra) 2.34.09
4×100m medley: 1. Maharashtra 4.41.17; 2. Tamil Nadu 4.49.33; 3. Gujarat 4.49.86
 
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Delhi and Haryana close on the heels of Maharashtra in KIYG 2019

Delhi’s judokas and swimmers and Haryana’s wrestlers helped them close the gap with Maharashtra in the medals tally as the battle for overall supremacy gathered momentum at the Khelo India Youth Games here on Saturday.
 
Maharashtra, who started the day with a good lead of eight gold over second placed Delhi, were now just two gold ahead of Delhi and Haryana had narrowed the gap from 14 to eight.
 
Maharashtra still clung to the top position with 37 gold, 33 silver and 46 bronze for a total of 116, while Delhi are close on their heels with 35 gold, 23 silver and 25 bronze at a total of 83. Haryana have 29 gold, 29 silver and 32 bronze. Both Delhi and Haryana won 11 gold each on Saturday, while Maharashtra had just five.
 
Maharashtra, who were close to the century mark when competition ended on Friday, didn’t take much time when the medals started flowing in the evening on Saturday.
 
Of the total of 36 teams from 29 states and seven Union Territories, taking part, as many as 28 had managed to get themselves on the medals tally, indicating that the smaller states are also beginning to make a mark.
 
Gujarat made their entry into the Top 10 of the medals tally as they now have six gold, three silver and three bronze and lie 10th.
 
Haryana dominate the wrestling mat
 
Haryana, who have picked most of their medals from wrestling continued to do as they added eight more gold and took their tally from the sport to 24 as wrestling came to an end. Haryana’s total picking from wrestling was 58 medals in the four sections.
 
Such was their domination that their gold haul was better than all other states put together.
 
The pick of the bouts on Saturday was between Monika Hooda of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh’s Payal Sharma in the girls under-21 57kg category. The evenly matched wrestlers had the crowd excited before Monika won the gold, maintaining Haryana’s dominance.
 
Delhi Judokas way too good
 
Delhi judokas once again basked in glory grabbing three gold medals out of the eight on the cards on Satruday. Delhi’s tally of gold from Judo is now nine.
 
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On the penultimate day of the judo competition, Uttar Pradesh picked up two gold while Haryana, Gujarat and Rajasthan also added themselves on the gold list through Hemang Jaiswal in the Below-73kgs category.
 
Delhi’s three gold came from Shubham (Below-55kgs), Mahima Tokas (Below-48kgs) and Pinky Balhara (Below-52Kgs).
 
Chip off the old block in shooting, Manavaditya wins trap gold
 
In shooting, Manavaditya Singh Rathore, gathered himself after an uncertain start to blaze his way to the men’s under-21 trap shooting gold medal. Son of 2004 Olympic Games double trap silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Manavaditya found his rhythm in time to push back 2018 Asian Games silver medallist Lakshya Sheoran, who ultimately finished in fourth place.
 
In another Trap event, a fisherman’s daughter, Manish Keer (Madhya Pradesh) claimed the women’s under-21 trap gold. Manisha, a World Junior Championship silver medallist trained by Olympian Mansher Singh, ran out a 38-35 winner over Delhi’s Kirti Gupta.
 
The 19-year-old Manavaditya Rathore said he felt pressure in the final and, in fact, throughout the competition. “I think pressure is very important as it makes you stay alert. You just have to stop yourself from overthinking,” he said. “My father and mother guide me, and I know I am in good hands.”
 
Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Mehuli Ghosh won the women’s junior (under-21) 10m air rifle gold in a high profile contest. She showed great determination and concentration despite jet lag. She came back from shooting in the Bundesliga in Germany only a couple of days ago and napped for half an hour in the gallery before the competition today.
 
The 18-year-old from West Bengal asserted her class, shooting scores of 629.4 in the qualification and following it up 252.1 that left her biggest challenger Elavenil Valarivan (Gujarat) in her wake.
 
Maharashtra, Karnataka to the fore in swimming
 
For the third successive day, action in the pool was dominated by swimmers from Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka who between them shared 21 of the 33 medals at stake.
 
Maharashtra  claimed seven medals (four gold, three silver), Delhi had eight (three gold, three silver and two bronze) and  Karnataka bagged six (two gold, silver and bronze).
 
Catching the eye of the talent identifiers was Gujarat’s Kalyani Saxena. She made light of the opposition and finished in 5;27.28 to even ease up her pace before the others could touch the finish pad. It was Gujarat’s first swimming gold.
 
The girls U-17 400m medley turned out to be a thriller where Maharashtra’s Apeksha Fernandes’s last lap burst gave her the gold in 5:23.36. Another Maharashtra girl, Kenisha Gupta, bagged the 100m U-17 freestyle gold without much ado. Delhi’s Shivangi Sharma and Bihar’s Mahi Swetraj were a distant second and third.
 
Tamil Nadu jumpers and UP athletes in spotlight
 
Tamil Nadu long jumper Sherin Abdul Gafoor finally breached the six-metre mark in long jump after coming close to it more than a few times in recent months. In the process she struck gold at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019. She did touch 6.01m in a Tamil Nadu State University competition but that did not catch discerning eyes. She was hovering around the six-metre and it finally this evening.
 
Born in Kanchipuram, Sherin jumped 5.99m in the National Junior Championships in Ranchi in November last. The 18-year-old Anna University student followed that up with a best effort of 5.96m in the All India Inter-University Athletics Championships in Moodbidri. Her quest for personal best met with success on a warm afternoon.
 
The 18-year-old Aravinth Ezhilarasan doubled Tamil Nadu’s delight by winning the men’s under-21 triple jump gold with a 15.45m effort that compared favourably with his best of 15.46m, attained in the qualifications in the Inter-University meet in November. 
 
Uttar Pradesh won three gold in track and field competitions today, through Rebi Pal (girls under-21 3000m), Vipin Kumar (boys under-17 hammer throw), and Anamika Das (girls under-21 shot put). 
 
Bengal gymnasts excel; Tripura pick first gold
 
Bidisha Gayen and Satyajit Mondol were the stars for Bengal with two medals each in the Under-21 gymnastics action. The West Bengal team finished the day with a total of eight medals that included two gold, five silver and a bronze.
 
Maharashtra, however, maintained their overall lead by winning four of the eight gold medals on offer, taking their total to six. Arik Dey impressed the judges once again to walk away with a gold and a silver for the home team. He won the all-around competition on the opening day. Vaidehi Abhay and Omkar Shinde won the uneven bars and rings respectively.
 
Asmita Paul secured the first gold for Tripura in the women’s artistic gymnastics. She later went to add another bronze for the beam.
 
Punjab rule weightlifting
 
Punjab ruled the arena on the fourth day of weightlifting, winning three of the six gold on offer besides a silver and a bronze at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 here on Saturday. Maharashtra, however, stand on the top of the Weightlifting medals tally so far with six gold though today was rather unproductive for them.
 
While Punjab was bagging a lion’s share of gold, it was Andhra Pradesh’s A. S. R. K. Yadav, who was the star of the day. Yadav won the Under-17 gold by a massive margin, as his total of 267 kg (121 snatch and 146 Clean & Jerk) was 29 kg better than the second placed Anil Singh of Punjab. Anubhav Singh took the bronze with a total of 230 kgs.
 
Yadav missed out on a double by a whisker with his total of 267 kgs. In the race for medals in U-21 section, he trumped Baldev in the snatch by lifting 121kg but fell 2kg short in clean and jerk, finishing with 146kg.
 
Haryana meet Punjab in U-17 hockey final
 
In Boys Under-17 hockey, Haryana will take on Punjab on January 14. In the semi-finals Punjab edged out the formidable Odisha 6-5 via the  penalty shootout 6-5, while Haryana scored twice in the third quarter to subdue Uttar Pradesh 3-2.
 
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Unheralded Kalyani hogs limelight as “Big Three’s” domination continues in swimming

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Unheralded  Kalyani Saxena swam to glory and gold in the U-21 Women’s 400 medley  earning  the first swimming  gold  for Gujarat in  the Khelo India Youth Games  here on Friday.
 
On the third successive day, the pool was dominated by swimmers from  Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka who between them shared 21 of the 33 medals at stake.
 
Maharashtra  claimed 7 medals (4 G,3 S), Delhi 8 (3 G, 3S, 2 B) and  Karataka bagged 6 (2,2,2).
 
What must have caught the eye of the  ‘talent identifiers’ was the way Kalayni led from the start to end.  She made light of the opposition and finished in 5;27.28 to relax before others could touch pad. Rajasthan’s Firdoush Kayamkhani (5;28.83) and Bengal’s Sayani Ghosh (5:33.45) took silver and bronze, respectively.
 
In girls U-17, the 400m medley turned out to be a thriller with Maharashtra’s Apeksha Fernandes’s last lap burst pushed contenders  Madhya Pradesh’s Kanya Nayyar ( 5:24.54) and Goa’s Shrungi Bandekar (5:25.20) to second and third spot, respectively. Apeksha timed 5:23.36  for the gold.
 
Another Maharashtra girl Kenisha Gupta bagged the gold without much ado. Delhi’s Shivangi Sharma and Bihar’s Mahi Swetraj were distant silver and bronze medal winner.
 
Tamil Nadu’s Sanjay Jayakrishnan, winner of bronze in Boys U-17 1500 freestyle yesterday, gave his state the first gold of the  day as he pipped fancied Anurag Singh of Delhi in 400m Freestyle.
 
Sanjay timed 4:13.36, Anurag returned 4;14.23 and Karnataka’s Mohit Venkatesh took bronze  in 4:17.78.
 
While Bhavika Dugar, winner of 400m Freestyle Girls U-21, closed the third day’s proceedings by winning her second individual and Tamil Nadu second gold of the day in the 1500 m Freestyle.
 
Maharashtra’s Rutuja Talegaonkar was second in 18:53.36 while Haryana Jasmin Gurung  won her third straight  medal, having won silver medals on the first and second day -- a bronze in 1:03.93.
 
Delhi earned three gold through Kushagra Rawat (Men U-21, 400m FS) Bikram Changmai ( U-17 100m Butterfly ) and 4x100 m medley in (Boys U-17).
 
Maharashtra’s Mihir Ambre won an exciting 100m butterfly contest in the Boys U-21 section. His  team mate Sadhvi Dhuri won 100 m freestyle in girls U-17.   
 
Karnataka’s second gold of the day came in 4x100 m medley in Boys U-21 section.  
 
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Maharashtra shuttlers in hunt for three gold at Khelo India Youth Games

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Hosts Maharashtra lined up a shot at three gold medals from the Khelo India Youth Games badminton court with impressive performances in the semi-finals here on Saturday.
 
Nagpur's Malvika Bansod produced a dominant performance to beat Tamil Nadu’s Nivetha Muthukumar 21-12, 21-13 and reach the girls U-21 singles final. She will meet top seed Aakarshi Kashyap of Chhatisgarh in the gold medal clash, a repeat of the 2018 Khelo India School Games final in Delhi that Malvika had won.
 
In the boys event, it will be a clash for top honours between Maharashtra's Aman Farogh Sanjay, the number one seed, and Rahul Bhardwaj of Karnataka.
 
In a third success for the host state on the day, Arya Deshpande and Ananya Phadke defeated Navdha Mangalam and Sonali Singh of UP and take on Rajasthan’s Sakshi Asrani and Ankushka Mehta in the girls doubles final.
 
Nivetha opted for attack but the left-handed Malvika had enough strokes in her arsenal to counter her rival. In the other semi-final, Aakarshi did not have to work unduly hard to get past Unnati Bisht of Uttarakhand 21-19,21-14.
 
"There was no drift today which helped my game. I've played against Nivetha several times before, so I was confident of victory before the match. My strategy was to keep it simple, make less unforced errors and stick to the basics. I'm very happy to reach the final for the second consective year," Malvika said later.
 
"Last year in Delhi, I got the better of Aakarshi in the final. This year only the age group has changed but the opponent remains the same. Although I won gold last year, that is history now, Aakarshi is the top seed here and I'm excited to play the final again."
 
In the boys semis, Aman had to battle to get past Priyanshu Rajwat of Madhya Pradesh. The Maharashtra lad won the first set 21-13 comprehensively, but was error-prone in the second to lose it 10-21. Aman though was alert to the danger and recovered quickly in the decider to shut out Priyanshu 21-14 and go though to the title match against Bhardwaj, who upset third seed Dhruv Rawat of Uttarakhand 21-9, 21-10 in just 22 minutes.
 
In the girls U-17 singles semis, fourth seed Mir Tasnim Ali of Gujarat came from behind to beat top seed Aditi Bhatt of Uttar Pradesh 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 and will meet second seed Mansi Singh of Uttar Pradesh in the final after the latter ousted Delhi’s Aashi Rawat 21-19, 21-19.   
 
The match of the day was in the boys U-17 semi-finals as top seed Gandham Pranav Rao from Telangana got the better of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tukum Laa.
 
Both players gave it their all for every point but in the end, it was the left-handed Gandham who prevailed 21-19, 12-21, 21-12 in the hour-long encounter.
 
Gandham, who trains at the Pulella Gopichand Academy, faces Ravi of Haryana for the gold medal. Ravi beat Ishaan Bhatnagar of Chhattisgarh 21-19, 15-21, 21-6.
 
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TN jumpers Aravinth and Sherin win gold; Rebi Pal stuns Poonam Sonune at KIYG

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Tamil Nadu long jumper Sherin Abdul Gafoor’s happiness knew no bounds while breaching the six-metre mark in a major competition as she struck gold at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 in the Shiv Chhatraparti Sports Complex here today. 
 
She got to 6.01m in a Tamil Nadu State University competition but that did not catch discerning eyes. She was hovering around the six-metre and it finally happened this evening.
 
Born in Kanchipuram, Sherin jumped 5.99m in the National Junior Championships in Ranchi in November last year. The 18-year-old Anna University student followed that up with a best effort of 5.96m in the All India Inter-University Athletics Championships in Moodbidri. Her quest for personal best met with success on a warm afternoon.
 
The 18-year-old Aravinth Ezhilarasan doubled Tamil Nadu’s delight by winning the men’s under-21 triple jump gold with a 15.45m effort that compared favourably with his best of 15.46m, attained in the qualifications in the Inter-University meet in November. 
 
Uttar Pradesh won three gold in track and field competitions today, through Rebi Pal (girls under-21 3000m), Vipin Kumar (boys under-17 hammer throw), and Anamika Das (girls under-21 shot put). 
 
Rebi Pal’s victory was creditable as it came against the formidable Maharashtra runner Poonam Sonune, a South Asian under-20 champion over 1500m and fourth in the 3000m at the Asian Junior Championships last year. 
 
Maharashtra’s pole vaulter Deepak Yadav was not challenged by the competition but improved his personal best from 4.79m, achieved when he won the National junior championship in Ranchi in November, to 4.80m today. He was left as the last man standing after 4.50m after which Haryana’s Gourav had to settle for silver.
 
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Delhi continue to dominate the judo arena, pick three more gold at KIYG

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Delhi judokas once again basked in glory, grabbing three gold medals out of the eight on the cards on Saturday in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019.  Delhi’s tally of gold from Judo is now nine.
 
On the penultimate day of the judo competition, Uttar Pradesh picked up two gold while Haryana, Gujarat and Rajasthan also added themselves on the gold list.
 
Delhi won one of their gold in the Under-21 boys section and their girls added two. In the boy’s section, Shubham (Below-55kgs) topped, while Mahima Tokas (Below-48kgs) and Pinky Balhara (Below-52Kgs) struck the yellow metal in the girls.
 
Rajasthan’s moment of glory came when Hemang Jaiswal dashed the hopes of Maharashtra’s Nishant Gurav in the Below-73kgs category.
 
Kolhapur’s Nishant was the only high point of Maharashtra’s campaign for the day, apart from a bronze medal. In claiming the silver, the Karamveer Hire Mahavidyalaya student achieved a career-best. Earlier, Nishant’s best was a bronze as a seventh grader in the School Nationals and last year’s Junior Nationals at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.
 
It was a heartwarming to see as many as 15 states get to the podium showing the spread of the sport.
 
Kerala also picked two silver, through Rakhul Gopi (Below-55kgs) and Nanvneet OS (Below-60kgs) besides one bronze from Vijitha N (Below-44kgs).
 
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Himachal girls football teams concede record 90 goals in four matches

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Himachal Pradesh girl teams (U-21 and U-17)  conceded a whopping 49  goals without scoring any in the Khelo India Youth Games here on Saturday.
 
In their openers on Wednesday, they had conceded 41 goals  Thus, in four matches (two each in U-21 and U-17), they provided their rivals a target to practise and have let go a record 90 goals so far.
 
This morning in U-17 section, Odisha pumped in 36 goals while in U-21, Tamil Nadu routed them 13-0.
 
In the openers, Mizoram had beaten their U-21 team 13-0 while Kerala had handed a 28- goal punishment to their U-17 side.
 
In another Girls (U-17) match, Maharashtra held Kerala to a 2-2 draw to share points.  Kshitija and Kirti (one each) scored for the hosts, while Meghna scored a brace for Kerala.
 
In Boys U-17, Karnataka lost to Punjab 1-2 courtesy an own goal by Michael P. Touthang. This happened in the 11th minute. An hour and nine minutes later, S. Lotjem made it 2-0 but a minute later Uzen Chhojzanj reduced the margin for Karnataka. This was Punjab’s second successive win.
 
In Boys U-21 category, Kerala and Maharashtra were involved in a 1-1 draw. Vinayak Shibbu gave Kerala the lead in the 38th minute while Prabuddha equalized in the 64th minute.
 
In the same section, Mizoram recorded their second win beating Chandigarh 4-1. Captain Lalnunzama (2), Vanlalnghenga and D. Laltlansanga (one each) scored for the  winners. Dhruv Sharma reduced the margin for the losers.
 
Results:
 
Boys  
 
(U-21)
Mizoram bt Chandigarh 4-1
Maharashtra drew with Kerala 1-1
 
(U-17)
Mizoram bt Uttarakhand 4-1
Punjab bt Karnataka 2-1
 
Girls 
 
(U-21)
Odisha drew with Mizoram 1-1
Tamil Nadu bt Himachal 13-0
(U-17)
Odisha bt Himachal Pradesh 36-0
Maharashtra drew with Kerala 2-2
 
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Chip off the old block Manavaditya Rathore and Manisha Keer claim Trap gold in shooting

Manavaditya Singh Rathore (Rajasthan) pulled himself together after an uncertain start, reminding himself to stick to the basics, and blazed to the men’s under-21 trap shooting gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium Sports Complex on a breezy Saturday afternoon.
 
If the son of 2004 Olympic Games double trap silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, finished on top in the men’s final, it was a fisherman’s daughter, Manish Keer (Madhya Pradesh), who claimed the women’s under-21 trap gold. 
 
Manisha, a World Junior Championship silver medallist trained by Olympian Mansher Singh, ran out a 38-35 winner over Delhi’s Kirti Gupta.
 
Just around the time when Manavaditya Rathore found his rhythm, 2018 Asian Games silver medallist Lakshya Sheoran lost his and finished in fourth place behind Bhowneesh Mendiratta (Haryana) and Uttar Pradesh’s Shardul Vihan. Lakshya Sheoran was in red-hot form in topping qualification but missed a series of birds in the second half of the final. 
 
Manavaditya Rathore shot down only five of the first 10 targets in the high-pressure final but bounced back by shooting nine of the next 10 to be in a comfortable third spot with five shots left before the first of the six finalists would be eliminated. 
 
“You have two options – to either give up or to fight,” he said of his comeback. “When you put in so much effort in training, your conscience doesn’t allow you to give up. You fight back to get what is right for you. I had the time to introspect on the mistakes I was making and eliminated them.”
 
He first ensured that he would not be out of the medal bracket and then asserted his domination with a consistent show. “I had one or two misses in the middle, but I felt confident when I picked up the gun,” he said. “It was a good competition and since I am working to make it to the senior team, it was good preparation for the trials next month."
 
“I had missed two targets in the final stages of the second series in qualification today. I should have held myself till the last target. I will learn from the mistakes and I will ensure that I don’t repeat them,” he said. 
 
Qualifying in third place with a total of 116 from 125 shots, he knew not to let the sub-par showing affect him in the final. In fact, plugging music in his ears – he said he was listening to Highway to Hell – he prepped himself well. His strong mindset came into evidence when he stood back at his station and reflected on how things had panned out in the windy conditions.
 
The 19-year-old Manavaditya Rathore said he felt pressure in the final and, in fact, throughout the competition. “I think pressure is very important as it makes you stay alert. You just have to stop yourself from overthinking,” he said. He also said his pedigree also brought a hint of pressure and responsibility. “My father and mother guide me, and I know I am in good hands.”
 
Manisha, who dominated the qualifiers in the morning won comfortably 38-35.
 
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Delhi swimmers dominate, Karnataka and Maharashtra follow

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In-form Delhi girl Prachi Tokas surprised favourite Khushi Dinesh of Karnataka in the girls U-17 Freestyle event, to win her second successive gold  as Delhi swimmers  dominated the pool at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune on Friday.
 
Of the 11 golds at stake on Friday,  Delhi won four, Karnataka and  Maharashtra three each  and Tamil Nadu one.
 
For Khushi, it was a second successive silver medal after the 200m freestyle  while Prachi Tokas earned her first gold in the 800m freestyle on Thursday.
 
In the morning,  Kushi  topped the heats in 4:45.18, while Prachi had returned a time of 4:50.62 to be placed fourth.
 
However,  the final saw a dramatic turn in fortunes as the Delhi girl after trailing the Karnataka swimmer over the first two laps staged a remarkable recovery to surge ahead and clock 4:37.99.
 
Khushi  returned  with 4:38.09 , bettering her heat timing but only good enough for a silver. Aanya Wala (Mah) earned the bronze in 4:43.75.
 
In the women’s U-21 400m freestyle, Tamil Nadu’s Bhavika Dugar claimed her second gold in comfortable fashion clocking 4:41.43. She had won the 800m freestyle title yesterday. Haryana’s Jasmine Gurung came second in 4.45.22 while Rutuja Talegaonker (Maharashtra) with 4;50.84 took the bronze. Jasmine had also claimed silver in200m freestyle.
 
In the boys U-17s, Swadesh Mondal gave Delhi another second gold winning the 400m medley. He timed 4;47.13 for the top podium finish. Shoan Ganguly (Goa) took the silver (4.51.65) while Maharashtra’s Saheel  Gangote (4:59.20) earned bronze.
 
In the last event of the day, Delhi’s Anurag Singh won a fourth gold for his state with victory in the 1500m free style in the boys U-17 category with a time of 16:40.54. In between Delhi U-17 girls  won  the 4x100 m freestyle relay in 4:09.36.
 
Formidable  Karnataka  bagged three gold through  Siva Sridhar, Srihari Nataraj and Nina Venatesh.
 
Nataraj swept aside the competition on his way to an easy win in the 100m backstroke, one of his pet events. Nataraj had won gold in the 200m freestyle earlier.
 
Nina Venkatesh, who had earlier won gold in the U-21 women’s 50m butterfly, picked up her second title in the 100m backstroke in 1:07.87. Her teammate Suvana Baskar was second (1:07.87) while Pratyasa Ray gave Odisha their first medal by clinching the bronze (1:10.61).
 
Siva Sridhar bagged the men’s U-21 400m individual medley clocking 4:41.75.
 
Maharashtra also picked up three gold through Vedant Bapna and Yuga Birnale . In the boys U-17, Bapna timed 1:00.16 to finish on top of the podium while Yuga dominated the 100m backstroke in s time of 1:08.46. The host’s third gold came at the fag end of the day with their U-21 girls quartet winning the 4x100 freestyle gold in 4;14.21.
 
Of the 33 medals handed out on the day, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra cornered 23 between themselves.
 
Results:
Boys
Under-17:
400
m Medley: 1. Swadesh Mondal (Delhi) 4.47.13; 2. Shoan Ganguly (Goa) 4.51.65; 3. Saheel Gangote (Maharashtra) 4.59.20
 
100m backstroke: 1. Vedant Bapna (Maharashtra) 1.00.16; 2. Tanmay Das (Delhi) 1.00.24; 3. Nanak Moolchandani (Delhi) 1.01.19
 
1500m freestyle: 1. Anurag Singh (Delhi) 16.40.54; 2. Aneesh Gowda (Karnataka) 17.02.16; 3. Sanjay Jayakrishnan (Karnataka) 17.16.35
 
Under-21: 
 
400m Medley: 1. Siva Sridhar (Karnataka) 4.41.75; 2. Vishal Grewal (Delhi) 4.51.43; 3. Yash Verma (Telangana) 4.52.46
 
100m backstroke: 1. Srihari Nataraj (Karnataka) 57.07; 2. Xavier D'souza (Goa) 58.08; 3. Siva Sridhar (Karnataka) 59.79
 
Girls: 
 
Under-17:
 
400m freestyle: 1. Prachi Tokas (DL) 4.37.99; 2. Khushi Dinesh (Karnataka) 4.38.09; 3. Aanya Wala (Maharashtra) 4.43.75
 
100m backstroke: 1. Nina Venkatesh (Karnataka) 1.07.87; 2. Suvana Baskar (Karnataka) 1.07.92; 3. Pratyasa Ray (Odisha) 1.10.61
 
4×100m freestyle: 1. Delhi 4.09.36; 2. Maharashtra 4.11.19; 3. Karnataka 4.13.66
 
Under-21:
 
400m freestyle: 1. Bhavika Sugar (TN) 4.41.43; 2. Jasmine Gurung (Haryana) 4.45.22; 3. Rutuja Talegaonkar (Mah) 4.50.84
 
100m backstroke: 1. Yuga Birnale (Maharashtra) 1.08.46; 2. Soubrity Mondal (West Bengal) 1.10.52; 3. Nairiti Vyas (Rajasthan) 1.12.91
 
4×100m freestyle: 1. Maharashtra 4.14.21; Tamil Nadu 4.22.29; 3. West Bengal 4.27.26
 
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Mizoram lifters hog the limelight at KIYG

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It was yet another day for records to tumble in weightlifting at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Thursday.
 
The victory podium was dominated by Mizoram who clinched two gold, one silver and a bronze in the men’s 61kg (youth and junior combined) and a gold and silver each in the men’s 67kg (youth and junior).
 
In the men’s 61kg category, Mizoram’s Zakhuma and Jacob Vanlaltluanga won gold and silver, respectively, in the U-21 men’s category, while N. S. Abishek (Tamil Nadu) had to be content with the bronze.
 
In the U-17 event, Mizoram’s Vanlaltluanga and Lalhunthara clinched gold and bronze, respectively, with Arunachal Pradesh lifter Charu Pesi taking the silver.
 
Zakhuma and Jacob Vanlaltluanga, reigned supreme in the junior and youth 61kg event and ensured that the statisticians had a busy time as they fought intensely breaking each other's records in sequence.
 
The junior event saw the best of the action when Jacob and Zakuma engaged in an intense battle for superiority that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. In the clean & jerk, Jacob lifted 139kg against his previous best of 138kgs, but saw it being shattered by Zakhuma who hoisted 140kg.
 
In the total lift, Jacob improved his previous best from 250kg to 253kg but again came up short as Zakhuma triumphed by lifting 254kg.
 
In the men’s 67kg category all eyes were on Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga who took gold in the U-17 event and silver in the U-21s. Markio Tario (Arunachal) and Tripid Boruah (Assam) won silver and bronze behind him, respectively, in the U-17 category.
 
Gulam Navi of Uttarakhand  denied Jeremy the gold in the U-21s while K. Neelam Raju of Andhra Pradesh took bronze.
 
Maharashtra women continued their good form in the U-17 45kg category as Nikita Kamlakar took gold, TN’s V. Rithika won silver and B. Jyothi from A.P. lifted bronze.
 
The U-21 women’s 45kg category saw Bornali Borah of Assam clinch the gold ahead of Veena Thakur from Chattisgarh and Arunachal’s Techi Nadam. Bornali set records by lifting 77kg in the clean and jerk and 132 kg in the total weight.
 
In the womens 49kg U-17s, Shrabani Das of West Bengal won gold, Pratiksha Sathe of Maharashtra took silver and Haryana’s Usha the bronze. In the women’s 49kg U-21 event, Sneha Soren of Orissa topped followed by Keerthi of Karnataka and Veerjeet Kaur of Chandigarh.
 
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Purva Barve moves into quarter-finals of badminton U-21 singles

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Top seed Aakarshi Kashyap of Chattisgarh moved into the quarter-finals of the girls U-21 badminton singles with a dominant performance over Khushi Mishra from Dadra and Nagar Haveli at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) here on Thursday.
 
Aakarshi thrashed Khushi 21-4, 21-5 in a match that lasted less than 30 minutes. 
 
In other action, second seed Malvika Bansod from Maharashtra had a tough time against Medha Shashidharan from Karnataka. Malvika held her nerve in a nail-biting thriller as she won 22-20,17-21,21-19 in an hour and 10 minutes. 
 
A no-show by third seed Gayatri P. Gopichand gave Ashwini Bhat from Karnataka a direct berth into the quarters. 
 
Fourth seeded local shuttler Purva Barve had a straight-sets victory over Amolika Singh from Uttar Pradesh, whom she beat 21-16, 21-19.
 
"It's a great feeling to participate in Khelo India. What is really special is that the event is being held in my home town, Pune. I didn't practise yesterday and today, there was a lot of drift and couldn't judge the shuttle properly but after a few points I was back on track. 
 
"I've played against Amolika couple of time before, that helped me today."
 
Purva's coach, former Olympian Nikhil Kanetkar added, "The competition here is the best in the country, the speed with which the cream of U-17 and U-21 talent is playing is tremendous. 
 
"Malvika Bansod,,Purva and Aman Farogh Sanjay are good prospects to win medals for Maharashtra but the competition is so tough you cannot take anyone for granted." 
 
There was a major upset in the girls U-17 singles as third seed Taneesha Singh of Uttar Pradesh lost to Aashi Rawat from Delhi in straight sets.
 
Aashi overcame Taneesha 21-16,21-19 in a match that lasted more than 50 minutes.  
 
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