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Golf: Ridhima clinches title by six shots, for her fourth win of Hero WPG Tour season

Ridhima Dilawari
Ridhima Dilawari
Ridhima Dilawari carded her first over-par round of the tournament as she returned 73 in the final round but still managed to win the 14th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Tour by six shots at the Noida Golf Course on Friday.
 
Ridhima hit a pair of bogeys right at the end and though that reduced her lead she still  coasted to her fourth win of the season without much ado.
 
The title winner, who led by six shots at the end of the second round, extended that to nine shots at one stage. Tvesa Malik, playing a group ahead, birdied the last, while Ridhima bogeyed 17th and 18th, but the difference was still a massive six strokes.
 
Ridhima totalled three-under 213  for the victory. She is now the top winner this season, while Tvesa has three wins.
 
Tvesa (70) was the only player to return under par in the final round and tied with Amandeep Drall (73) for second place at 219. 
 
Diksha Dagar, who shot 78 on the second day, carded 73 on the final day to finish fourth at 220 and Gaurika Bishnoi ended a none-too-happy week with a 75 and was fifth at 223.
 
Astha Madan (73) and Saaniya Sharma (76) were sixth and seventh, respectively, while Ananya Datar (75) and Smriti Mehra (81) were Tied-eighth at 234. Ishvari Prasanna (78) and Siddhi Kapoor (79) were Tied-tenth at 235.
 
Starting with a big  lead, Ridhima played steady through the front nine with eight pars followed by a birdie on the ninth. A birdie on the 11th meant she was two-under for the day.  Her first bogey of the day came on the 12th, which was followed by four pars and finally two bogeys.
 
Tvesa, nine behind at the start, dropped shots on the third and the seventh before back-to-back birdies made her score even for the front nine. A birdie on 13th and another on the 18th meant she finished at 2- under 70. Amandeep bogeyed the Par-3 16th and Par-4 18th and fell into a tie for second.
 
Diksha parred the first 12 holes before dropping shots on 13th and 15th and her solitary birdie of the day came on the Par-3 16th.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi still is on top of the Hero Order of Merit, while Amandeep Drall and Ridhima moved up one place each to become second and third. Neha Tripathi, second at the start of the week, slipped to fourth after finishing 15th.
 
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Golf: Ridhima set for her fourth win of season on Hero WPG Tour

Ridhima Dilawari
Ridhima Dilawari
Overnight joint leader Ridhima Dilawari shot her second successive sub par round, carding one under 71 to take a big lead with one more round to go in the 14th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Noida Golf Course on Thursday.
 
Ridhima, who has already won three times this season, was one of the four players to shoot a sub-par round on the first day, but today only she could  repeat the effort, and with  her first round 69 she has aggregated  four-under 140 in the Rs 8 lakh event.
 
Amandeep Drall, the only other player to shoot under par in the second round, added 71 to her first round 75 to leap to 146 and sole second place.
 
Meanwhile, Diksha Dagar, who shared the first round lead with Ridhima, suffered a severe reversal of form with six bogeys and no birdies as her 78 saw her fall to three-over 147 and third place.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi, leader on the Hero Order of Merit, was also unable to land any birdies as she had three bogeys and a double on the Par-4 12th hole for a 77 that saw her at four-over 148 and fourth place.
 
Tvesa Malik, the other player apart from Ridhima with three wins this season, did have two birdies but she also gave away six bogeys and a double bogey. Her back nine was a nightmare with four bogeys and a double on the Par-5 14th as she dropped to fifth place at five-over 149.
 
Smriti Mehra (77-76) was sixth and Anousha Tripathi (79-76) was seventh. Siddhi Kapoor (82-74) and Saaniya Sharma (78-78) were Tied-eighth as three players -- Ishvari Prasanna (80-77), Astha Madan (77-80) and Neha Tripathi (77-80) -- were Tied-tenth.
 
In the final round, Ridhima will play with Diksha Dagar and Amandeep Drall, and unless there is a big dramatic change in form, Ridhima looks good to win her fourth title of the season.
 
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Golf: Diksha, Ridhima share first round lead in 14th Leg of Hero WPG Tour

Diksha Dagar
Diksha Dagar
Diksha Dagar and Ridhima Dilawari carded identical three-under 69 each to set up an engrossing clash with Tvesa Malik and Gaurika Bishnoi who returned 71 each at the end of the first round of the 14th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
 
Diksha, who teed off in the first group, got her first birdie on the second hole but hit a bogey  on the Par-4 sixth. However, two successive  birdies on eighth and ninth ensured she turned in at two-under for the front nine. 
 
Diksha, playing her third event on the Hero WPG Tour this season, with a string of pars, including some good saves, saw her come to the 18th at two-under before a birdie finish enabled her to end the day with 69.
 
Three-time winner this year, Ridhima, started with a birdie, but dropped a shot  on the next hole. Seven pars after that saw her turn in even par before she found some rhythm on the back nine. A birdie on 11th followed by two more on 17th and 18th  saw her share the top spot with  Diksha.
 
Tvesa, who, like Ridhima, has won three times in 2019, had a strong finish with three birdies in the last five holes, but before that she birdied the seventh. However, she gave away a lot of shots with a double on 11th and a bogey on 12th. Gaurika opened birdie-birdie and rode it well till the bogey on Par-5 eighth, which seemed costly. She birdied twice on back nine on 14th and 17th but gave away shots on 11th and the closing bogey on 18th.
 
Amandeep Drall shot 75 to be sole fifth, while Neha Tripathi, Astha Madan and Smriti Mehra were Tied-sixth at 77 each. Saaniya Sharma and Ananya Datar completed the Top-10 with cards of 78 each.
 
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Vadra admitted in Noida hospital for back pain

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Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, was admitted in a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Noida after he complained of severe back pain, party sources said.
 
A senior party source told IANS, "Vadra was admitted in hospital in Noida on Monday afternoon after he complained of severe back pain."
 
He is being treated by senior orthopaedic surgeons at the hospital, the source said.
 
His wife and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited the hospital and stayed there the entire night.
 
She left the hospital on Tuesday morning to leave for Rae Bareli, her mother's parliamentary constituency, to attend a three-day workshop with party workers that starts today.
 
Vadra, who is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, had earlier gone abroad for treatment with the court's permission .
 
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Three golfers emerge joint leaders after opening round of Tata Steel PGTI Feeder Tour

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Lucknow’s Rajesh Rawat, Jalandhar’s Victor Hans and Gurugram’s Abhishek Kuhar shot identical six-under 61 to emerge joint first-round leaders at the Tata Steel PGTI Feeder Golf Tour at  Jaypee Greens Wish Town here on Tuesday.
 
Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh and Delhi’s Wasim Khan were in joint fourth with rounds of five-under-62 at the par-67 course.
 
Rawat, a two-time winner on the Feeder Tour, came up with a bogey-free effort on Tuesday to jointly lead the field of 90 players. Rawat’s four early birdies from the second to the fifth set the tone for his round as he added two more birdies to his card on the back-nine.
 
Victor Hans played his approach shots and wedges to perfection as he collected seven birdies at the cost of a lone bogey. Hans’ best shot of the day was a fantastic gap-wedge approach from 120 yards on the 18th that landed a foot from the flag and resulted in a birdie.
 
Victor, a joint runner-up at the Feeder Tour event in Lucknow last year, said, “I’ve not done well on the Feeder Tour this year after a good season in 2018. I, therefore, want to make the most of this terrific start.”
 
Abhishek Kuhar scored eight birdies in exchange for a double-bogey. Kuhar produced some spectacular wedge shots to set up two birdie putts within a foot and three more within six feet. Abhishek drove the green on the par-4 sixth for a two-putt birdie. “It was a great ball-striking day for me. I’m delighted with the way that I played despite missing out the practice round,” he said
 
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Fire in Spice Mall in Noida, no casualties

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A fire broke out on Monday inside a prominent shopping mall in Sector 25 in Noida, with the smoke entering four cinema halls in the complex, the fire department said. No casualties have been reported.
 
According to the Fire Department, the blaze started on the third floor of Spice Mall.
 
After a fire alert around 1.30 p.m., around four fire tenders rushed to the spot, said a senior official.
 
A fireman at the spot told IANS: "The fire was caused by a spark from the exhaust fan of a kitchen on the third floor. A spark landed on a garbage which caught fire." 
 
According to fire officer Arun Kumar Singh, although it was not a major fire, the smoke entered the four picture halls in the Mall. "We had the halls vacated in time to avoid any casualty."
 
"Prima facie, the fire was caused by a spark from the exhaust," he added. 
 
Senior Superintendent of Police of Gautam Budhh Nagar Vaibhab Krishna told IANS: "Our staff from Sector 20 and Sector 24 police stations rushed to the spot. The cause of the fire is being investigated. We will take strict action against anyone found negligent." 
 
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Major fire in Spice Mall in Noida, no casualties

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A major fire broke out on Monday inside a prominent shopping mall in Sector 25 of Noida, the fire department said. No casualties have been reported.
 
According to the fire department, the blaze started on the fourth floor.
 
"We got a call around 1.30 p.m. Around four fire tenders rushed to the spot and the cooling down process is on," said a senior official.
 
The exact reason for the fire is not known.
 
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UP officer's midnight visit startles police officers

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The Principal Secretary (Home) of Uttar Pradesh, Avanish Awasthi, made a surprise midnight visit to a police station in Noida on Saturday.
 
The news of his visit to the station in Sector 20 spread like wildfire in the Noida police department, sending the officers in a tizzy. 
 
The Senior Superintendent of Police, the Superintendent of Police, the station in-charge and other officers reached the police station in no time. 
 
During the hour-long visit, Awasthi inspected the lock-up, barrack, store room and residential premises meant for the staff and found many irregularities. 
 
Awasthi directed the authorities to take remedial measures and sought a detailed report from the Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP. 
 
Police sources said the Home Secretary may have wanted to know first hand how prepared is the city of Noida in case of any eventuality in the aftermath of removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
Awasthi gave directions to the authorities to tighten the security across Noida. 
 
Awasthi was appointed the Principal Secretary (Home) on July 30. He suspended the Bulandshahr SSP recently after finding him allegedly involved in a racket of transfers and postings.

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ED attaches property worth Rs. 89 lakh of former NOIDA chief engineer Yadav Singh, family

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Friday that it had attached properties worth Rs. 89 lakhs belonging to former NOIDA chief engineer Yadav Singh and his family under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).
 
A press release from ED said the attached assets include one residential and commercial property each, one agricultural land and bank balances.
 
Investigation under PMLA, 2002 was initiated on the basis of an F.I.R. registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Yadav Singh, the then chief engineer of the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) and his associates.
 
"CBI has filed charge sheet against the Yadav Singh and his family members revealing accumulation of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 23.15 crores which was 512.66% to his known source of income during the period i.e from 01.04.2004 to 04.08.2015.
 
"Investigation under PMLA revealed that funds related to income from illegal earning/unexplained sources were routed to the trust under control of Yadav Singh in guise of corpus donations. The same fund was routed to the bank accounts of his family members in guise of sale proceeds of properties which was further used for purchasing commercial/residential properties at Delhi and Noida and maintaining bank balances. It is also revealed that the funds were also routed to companies in form of commission, income etc. which have been attached under PMLA.
 
"Earlier properties worth Rs 20.5 Crores pertaining to Yadav Singh, his family members and companies/trusts under their control were also attached under PMLA. So far, ED has attached properties worth Rs 21.5 Crores in this case and has already filed chargesheet against Yadav Singh and others under PMLA. Further investigation in this case is under progress," the release added.
 
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One dead, 3 hurt as land caves in at Noida

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One person died while three others were injured after a portion of land caved in at a construction site in Noida on Monday, the police said.
 
The police said the incident occurred in the basement of a building in Sector 62.
 
"We received information that at around 10 a.m. an accident occurred at a construction site in Noida's Sector 62 area. It appears that a large part of the earth had been dug and a pit was being constructed. 
 
"At some point during the construction work, the sand caved in, trapping the labourers. By the time they were rescued, one of the laborers received fatal injuries while the others survived. We are investigating the incident," said an officer from the Sector 58 police station.
 
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Software engineer jumps to death in Noida

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A 30-year-old software engineer living in Sector 121 here on Saturday jumped to his death from a high-rise residential building where he lived with friends, police said.
 
Speaking to IANS, Akhiliesh Tripathi, Station House Officer of Phase 3, said that Ravi Heliwal hailed from Jharkhand and worked with a multinational company.
 
"He jumped from the 16th floor in the morning," Tripathi said. "His family has been informed."
 
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Delhi Metro begins trial runs between Noida City Centre and Electronic City

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today began initial runs on the 6.8 km long stretch between Noida City Centre and Noida Electronic City, which is an extension of the operational Dwarka Sector 21--Noida City Centre (Line 3), known as the Blue Line.
 
"These trials are just preliminary and the signalling trials will begin soon," a press release from DMRC said.
 
This entirely elevated section will comprise six stations: Sector 34, Sector 52, Sector 61, Sector 59, Sector 62 and Electronic City.
 
During the trial runs, the interaction of the train with physical infringements (civil structures) will be checked to ensure that there is no physical blockage during the movement of the train on the track. The entire signaling system will also undergo rigorous testing, the release said.
 
In addition, the response of the train at different speeds, braking of the train and the interconnection with the Operations Control Centre (OCC) will also be monitored during the trials. The behavior of the track system and the overhead electrification (OHE) will be checked repeatedly during all the trials, it said.
 
"Construction of this corridor was a major challenge as the alignment is close to the busy NH 24. The entire corridor has been constructed on the central verge and passes through extremely busy and congested residential as well as commercial areas of Noida which also has non-stop traffic running throughout the day. Only the Noida Electronic City station, which falls on the border of Noida and Ghaziabad is off the road," it said.
 
This would be DMRC’s third Metro Line in Noida after Noida Sector 15 – Noida City Centre and Botanical Garden – Kalindi Kunj. Vaishali. The Noida – Greater Noida Line of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) is also going to be opened soon for the public. 
 
Noida’s Sector 62 is an established commercial area with a number of commercial establishments and offices. This area sees a lot of people coming from Delhi for work. The opening of this corridor will reduce the travel time for people commuting from Delhi to Noida Sector 62, besides facilitating ease of commute and improving connectivity.
 
Currently the 49.93 kms long Blue Line (Line 3) operates between Dwarka Sector 21 and Noida City Centre. After opening of this 6.8 km long section, the entire Blue Line (Line 3) will become 56.73 kms in length which will be the second longest corridor of Delhi Metro after the Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar corridor (Pink Line) which is 59 kms long, the release added.
 
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Boy killed in Noida celebratory firing

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A 14-year-old boy was killed during celebratory firing at a wedding function in Noida, police said on Thursday.
 
The incident took place on Wednesday night at Ghodi Bacheda village in Jarcha area. 
 
To mark the occasion, someone from the groom's side opened fire in the air and a bullet hit the victim identified as Gaurav, who died on the spot, according to the police.
 
His father Jagdish has filed a complaint with the police, naming four persons, including the groom, for being responsible for the death of his son.
 
"A complaint has been filed and we are gathering video and other evidences based on which action will be taken," police official Ramsen Singh said.
 
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IGL crosses one million domestic PNG connections in Delhi, NCR

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Public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the supplier of compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari, has said that it has crossed the one million-mark for domestic PNG connections in the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
A press release from the company said it had connected one million domestic kitchens through its network in Delhi and the other towns in NCR.
 
This was part of the Government's vision for expansion of the PNG network in the country in a mission mode, it said.
 
IGL is a joint venture of public sector GAIL (India) Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
Mr. E.S. Ranganathan, Managing Director, IGL reiterated the commitment of IGL towards maintaining highest level of safety standards in its operations and appealed to all the customers to strictly follow the safety precautions as disseminated by IGL from time to time. 
 
He said it would be endeavor of IGL to better its record of having already provided over 1,50,000 new PNG connections in 2017-18 by expanding the network into new geographies, covering new colonies and increasing PNG penetration in the already covered colonies in the current financial year. 
 
"IGL is well on course for the same having already connected over one lakh new domestic kitchens in less than seven months in the ongoing financial year," he added.
 
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CNG prices up marginally in Delhi, Rewari, down in Uttar Pradesh

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today announced a marginal hike in the selling prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) in Delhi and Rewari in Haryana from midnight tonight to offset the impact on its input costs as a result of recent revision in proportions of domestic gas allocation and increase in operating expenses.
 
In Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, due to revocation of additional 2% VAT in Uttar Pradesh, the net impact will be a decrease in prices to the consumers in the state, a press release from IGL said.
 
The adjustment in prices would result in an increase of 40 paise per kg in the consumer prices of CNG in Delhi and Rewari with new consumer price of CNG to be Rs 44.70 per kg in Delhi and Rs 54.45 per kg in Rewari.
 
However, the consumer price of CNG in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh is being reduced by 45 paise per kg from tonight. The new consumer price of CNG will be Rs 50.80 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida an Ghaziabad, it said.
 
IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.00 am and 6.00 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs. 43.20 per kg in Delhi and Rs 49.30 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad during 12.00 am to 6.00 am at the select CNG stations across the region.
 
"This marginal adjustment in prices of CNG has been necessitated due to increase in input cost of gas as a result of recent revision in proportions of different types of gases in domestic gas allocation for supply as CNG and increase in operating expenses since last price revision. However, the decrease in price of CNG in Uttar Pradesh is a result of passing the net impact of revocation of additional 2% VAT in the state to the consumers after adjusting the increase in costs.
 
"With the revised price, CNG would still offer over 58% savings towards the running cost when compared to petrol driven vehicles at the current level of prices. When compared to diesel driven vehicles, the economics in favour of CNG at revised price would be over 37%," the release added.
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd., BPCL and Government of NCT of Delhi.
 
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12 students injured in Noida schoolbus accident

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At least 12 students were injured on Saturday in Noida when the schoolbus they were travelling in hit a pillar in an underpass, police said.
 
Two students were said to be seriously injured and have been admitted to the Kailash Hospital.
 
The police said prima facie information suggested that the bus hit a mound of concrete lying on the roadside at the Rajnigandha underpass in Sector-20 and the driver lost control and hit the pillar. 
 
The bus belonged to the APJ school. 
 
The driver Gagan Saran has received serious injuries and is being treated. 
 
School authorities have blamed the Noida authorities for the construction material littered on the road for the mishap. 
 
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Akshay Sharma pulls off career-best seven-under-65 to win QA InfoTech Open

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Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma pulled off a career-best seven-under-65 to post his breakthrough QA InfoTech Open title win with a huge six-shot margin at the Noida Golf Course on Friday.
 
The 28-year-old Akshay, who turned professional in 2011, shot scores of 73, 70, 69 and 65 to end the Rs. 50 lakh event with a total score of 11-under-277.
 
The title win fetched Akshay a cheque of Rs. 8,08,250. He has now moved from 26th place to fifth position in the PGTI Order of Merit
 
His error-free fourth round of 65 was also the best round of the tournament.
 
Sri Lankan Mithun Perera (69-71-73-70) finished a distant second at five-under-283.
 
Akshay began the day in second place, trailing leader Angad Cheema by two shots. He soon emerged as the top contender making a dream start with birdies on the first three holes even as his nearest rivals Angad Cheema and Mithun Perera stumbled with bogeys.
 
He sank a 10-footer on the second and followed that up with a terrific tee shot on the par-3 third that landed three feet from the pin.
 
Sharma continued the fireworks on the front-nine, adding birdies on the sixth and seventh by landing his wedge shots within two feet of the flag on both holes. He played some solid golf on the back-nine by sinking two long birdie putts on the 13th and 17th and making seven pars to come home the champion.
 
Akshay said, “I’m overjoyed. I’ve waited for my first PGTI win for almost eight years. All aspects of my game clicked today as I produced my career-best score. It couldn’t have come at a better time.
 
“My game picked up in the last two seasons thanks to Jeev Milkha Singh. I started playing rounds with Jeev Sir in Chandigarh about two years back in order to improve my game," he said.
 
Mithun Perera had a late surge of four birdies on the last five holes that saw him sign off with a 70 to finish runner-up. Delhi’s Arjun Prasad (71) claimed third place at four-under-284.
 
Angad Cheema, the round three leader, carded a last round of 77 to finish tied 11th at one-under-287. Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh performed the best among the local golfers as he secured tied 18th place at one-over-289.
 
Veteran Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied 45th place at eight-over-296. He posted a 78 in the final round.
 
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Cheema shoots 69 to go into lead, Jeev Milkha Singh tied 21st

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Panchkula’s Angad Cheema shot a three-under-69 in the third round that gave him a two-shot lead at six-under-210 in the QA InfoTech Open at the Noida Golf Course on Thursday.
 
Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma was placed second at four-under-212 after he too carded a 69 on day three of the Rs. 50 lakh event.
 
Veteran Jeev Milkha Singh closed the day in tied 21st with a total of two-over-218. He returned a one-over-73 in round three.
 
Cheema (71-70-69), one of only two players to shoot under-par scores in all three rounds of the tournament so far, made his way from overnight tied third to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday. With his 69, Cheema put behind the disappointment of an ordinary finish in round two where he dropped two bogeys on the last four holes.
 
The 28-year-old Angad, who won on the PGTI in his rookie season in 2013 and as a result finished a creditable third on the PGTI Order of Merit that year, mixed five birdies with two bogeys in the third round.
 
Cheema sank two long birdie putts on the second and seventh before dropping a bogey on the eighth. 
 
The tall and lanky golfer, who had an Asian Tour card in 2015, had a comparatively better back-nine leaving himself two four-footers on the 11thand 12thand a tap-in on the 14th, all of which he converted into birdies.
 
Angad, looking to revive a season where he hasn’t posted any top-10, recovered well for a bogey on the 13th and drained an important 25-feet par putt on the 15th.
 
Cheema, currently placed 39th in the PGTI Order of Merit, said, “I’ve played well on all three days and kept myself out of trouble. My ball-striking has been great and putting has been consistent in the last two days. That par save from 25 feet on the 15th today really lifted my confidence.
 
"I was the halfway leader by four shots in Hyderabad earlier this year but couldn’t take advantage of that and finally finished outside the top 20. I feel I can now turn the tide this week,” added Angad, whose last top-10 finish came at the Pune Open 2017 where he was joint runner-up.
 
Akshay Sharma (73-70-69) climbed up seven places to second position thanks to his 69 on Thursday. Akshay, the man with four top-10s this year, produced four birdies and a bogey and 15 greens in regulation in the third round to move into contention.
 
Akshay, placed 26th in the PGTI Order of Merit, said, “I’m carrying the good form from last week’s event in Jaipur where I had a five-under on the final day. I’ve been in good rhythm since the latter half of last year but have not fully capitalized on the opportunities that have come my way. I’d like to change that this week.”
 
Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh fired a third straight 71 to become only the second player other than the leader Cheema to register three under-par scores in the tournament. Gaurav thus moved up two spots into tied third at three-under-213.
 
Second round leaders Arjun Prasad of Delhi and Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka dropped to tied third as both shot scores of 73 on Thursday.
 
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Golf: Arjun Prasad, Mithun Perera enjoy slender lead in round two

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Delhi teenager Arjun Prasad and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera maintained their place atop the leaderboard in round two of the QA InfoTech Open 2018 at the Noida Golf Course on Wednesday.
 
Both Prasad and Perera, who shot scores of three-under-69 to be part of the five-way lead on day one of the Rs. 50 lakh event, once again came up with matching scores of one-under-71 on day two to stay in the lead with totals of four-under-140.
 
Panchkula’s Angad Cheema (70) and Sri Lankan Anura Rohana (71) were one shot behind the leaders in tied third.
 
Veteran Jeev Milkha Singh ended the day in tied 17th with a total of one-over-145 after he shot a score of two-over-74 in round two.
 
The cut went at five-over-149. Fifty-nine professionals and one amateur made the cut.
 
Arjun Prasad (69-71), playing only his second season as a professional, had a steady start as he made pars on the first six holes. Prasad, who became the youngest Indian to earn an Asian Tour card at age 17 in early 2017, made a terrific par save with a chip-in on the fourth.
 
Mithun Perera (69-71) mixed four birdies with three bogeys during his round of 71. Perera landed it within five feet on three occasions. 
 
Angad Cheema was four-under for the day through 14 holes and was looking good for the sole lead. However, his two bogeys on the last four holes pushed him back to tied third at three-under-141. Anura Rohana was also tied for third.
 
There was a four-way tie in fifth place at two-under-142 between overnight joint leader Chiragh Kumar (73) of Delhi, C Muniyappa (70) of Bengaluru, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (68) and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (71).
 
Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, who finished fourth in Jaipur last week, was the only amateur to make the cut. He was placed tied 17th at one-over-145.
 
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Infosys setting development centre in Noida

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Global software major Infosys is setting up a software development centre in Uttar Pradesh's Noida at a cost of Rs 750 crore, the company said on Sunday.
 
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated our project at Noida with Rs 750-crore investment in phase-I which will have seats for 5,000 techies," said the Bengaluru-based IT major in a statement here.
 
Modi has hailed Infosys for expanding its presence to Uttar Pradesh as part of the 'Rising Uttar Pradesh, Powering New India' event in Lucknow, held to boost infrastructure capability in the state.
 
The state government has allocated 27.5 acres of land for the facility in Sector-85, Noida.
 
"We are honoured that Modi has felicitated our upcoming Noida facility, which is a part of our effort to enhance our presence in the National Capital Region and leverage the talent pool available in this market," said Infosys Chief Executive Salil Parekh on the occasion.
 
Singapore-based RSP Design Consultants will design the facility which will have a LEED Platinum rating, the highest certification for a green building, given by the US Green Building Council.
 
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One killed, 3 injured in wall collapse in Noida

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A 4-year-old boy was killed and three others, including his parents, both labourers, injured when the basement wall of an under construction building collapsed here, police said on Saturday.
 
The incident took place in Sector 63 on Friday.
 
"An FIR has been filed," a senior police official told IANS.
 
Those injured include Prakash and his wife, who were working as labourers at the site, while their son, who was also near the wall, died.
 
The third labourer has been shifted to AIIMS as his condition was critical.
 
"We are investigating the matter," the officer said.
 
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Samsung to make India a global export hub: Modi

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The world's largest mobile factory unveiled by South Korean tech giant Samsung in Noida will not only generate more jobs but also make India a global export hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
 
Inaugurating the new facility spread over 129,000 sq metres at Sector 81 here, Modi said Samsung will export 30 per cent of the handsets made at the Noida factory to other markets.
 
"India is currently second in terms of phone manufacturing. Out of 120 mobile factories, 50 are in Noida only. Altogether, over 400,000 people are working in those units and Samsung is spearheading this with a workforce of 70,000 people.
 
"The new facility with give direct jobs to 1,000 people, taking the existing workforce at this plant to 6,000. The best part is that the company will export 30 per cent of the handsets made here to other markets," Modi told the gathering here.
 
The Prime Minister said the new mobile manufacturing unit will make India-South Korea relations stronger as Samsung's biggest global R&D centre was already here.
 
"Almost every middle class Indian family is using at least one Korean product. Samsung has a distinct space in India. India is going through digital transformation and I encourage more companies from South Korea to come and invest here," Modi noted.
 
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Launched in the presence of Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in who took the Metro to reach the facility, the plant will help Samsung India double its annual mobile production capacity to 120 million units by 2020.
 
All Samsung mobile phones, including the flagship Galaxy S9, S9+ and Galaxy Note 8, are being manufactured at the Noida plant.
 
"We are aligned with government policies and will continue to seek their support to achieve our dream of making India a global export hub for mobile phones," said HC Hong, Chief Executive Officer, Samsung India.
 
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Samsung officials including including Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee.
 
President Moon Jae-in said the new facility will create a new era for India-Korea ties. 
 
"I am happy to see Korean companies participating in India's digital transformation and I have full support for them," the South Korean President told the gathering.
 
Adityanath also invited more South Korean firms to come and invest in the state.
 
"I fell proud as an Indian today. This is a great milestone in the history of Samsung India which will take our country's manufacturing abilities to newer heights," Asim Warsi, Global Vice President, Samsung India, told IANS on the sidelines of the event.
 
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Cabinet nod for extension of Delhi Metro corridor from Noida City Centre to Sector 62, Noida

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The Union Cabinet today approved the extension of the Delhi Metro corridor from Noida City Centre to Sector 62, Noida, covering a length of 6.675 km at a total completion cost of Rs. 1,1967 crore.
 
The decision is expected to provide a major boost to public transport infrastructure in Noida in Uttar Pradesh, an official press release said.
 
The Government of India's liability would be Rs. 340.60 crore on account of Grant and Subordinate Debt, it said.
 
The project will be implemented by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), the existing Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the Government of India and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
 
"The extension of Delhi Metro corridor from Noida City Centre to Noida Sector 62 is the extension to Dwarka-Noida City Centre line of Delhi Metro system which will result into people being assured about their mobility and thus more people will like to move to this satellite town of Delhi, thus decongesting Delhi. As a result, more residential and commercial complexes will develop in this region. With metro rail in place, there will be less vehicular traffic on roads leading to less congestion, less time and cost of journey, less consumption of fossil fuel and less environmental pollution.
 
"The population of Noida and people of surrounding areas will be greatly benefitted by the extended line. At the project site, approximately 800 staff including engineers and other staff have been engaged. Further, DMRC has started the procedure for recruitment of around 200 employees for Operation & Maintenance of this corridor.
 
"About 81% progress of civil work and 55% of overall financial progress of the project have been achieved," the release added.
 
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Woman alleges rape, Ola driver arrested in Greater Noida

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A woman employee of a private firm in Noida in Uttar Pradesh has accused an Ola cab driver's accomplice of raping her here. The two men were arrested on Friday, police said.
 
The woman told the police that at around 4.30 p.m. on Thursday she had booked an Ola cab from Sector 37 in Noida to go to the adjoining Greater Noida area.
 
There was a man along with the driver on the front seat of the car when they started the ride, she told the police. The driver, Ashok, had told her that the man was his friend, Praveen, who was to be dropped on the way.
 
The two men consumed beer on the way, she said. Later Ashok took her to the thickets around the Dayanagar village. But left as he had an errand to run.
 
Praveen raped her and fled, she said in her statement. The woman had briefly lost consciousness after the attack. When she came to her senses, she raised an alarm.
 
With the help of the villagers she was able to reach the nearest police station and file a complaint.
 
Circle Officer (CO) of Dadri, Nishank Sharma told IANS that the case was registered late on Thursday and acting promptly the cab driver and his accomplice were arrested.
 
The police has sent her for a medical examination to confirm the rape.
 
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CNG price to reduce by Rs. 3.15/kg in UP due to decrease in VAT

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The public sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) today announced a reduction of Rs. 3.15 per kg in the selling price of compressed natural gas (CNG) being supplied by it in the cities of Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad of Uttar Pradesh from midnight tonight.
 
This is due to a decrease in the Value Added Tax (VAT) in Uttar Pradesh on natural gas, which is used as input for CNG, a press release from GAIL said.
 
The release said the consumer price of CNG in these cities would reduce tonight from existing Rs. 49.20 per kg to Rs. 46.05 per kg as a result of the recent notification of Uttar Pradesh government. 
 
Since natural gas is out of the ambit of GST, therefore UP state VAT continues to be effective on purchases of natural gas within the state. Also, there is no input tax credit benefit on CNG in UP. 
 
IGL will continue to offer a discount of Rs 1.50 per kg in the selling prices of CNG for filling between 12.30 am and 5.30 am at select outlets. Thus, the consumer price of CNG would be Rs 44.55 per kg during 12.30 am to 5.30 am at the select CNG stations in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, the release said.
 
IGL is a joint venture of public sector companies GAIL (India) Ltd. and BPCL.
 
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