NAGPUR: The Nagpur police will host a day-long inter-State police coordination meet on Monday to formulate a strategy to check crime across borders.“IPS officers of the rank of Superintendent of Police and above from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Eastern Maharashtra will participate in the coordination meeting on August 28. This meeting is an initiative of Nagpur Commissioner of Police K. Venkateshan. The aim is to discuss and formulate a strategy to check criminal activities and criminals operating in these three adjoining areas,” Nagpur Joint Commissioner of Police Shivaji Bodkhe said at a press conference on Saturday.Mr. Bodhkhe said the police have observed that miscreants commit the crime in one of these regions, and go into hiding into the neighbouring region. “This meeting will see the exchange of information about such crimes and criminals. Nagpur is emerging as a transport hub, and the city is expected to see an increase in the population of migrants. Most of the districts in eastern Maharashtra share borders with districts in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The districts adjoining Chhattisgarh also witness Maoist activities, so it is important to share information and improve coordination,” he said.The Additional Director General of Police of the Crime Investigation Department of Madhya Pradesh police and the Inspector General of Police of Chhattisgarh’s Durg range will represent their States at this meeting. In all 22 IPS officers, including the SPs of Rajnandgoan, Kanker, Balaghat and Gadchiroli districts, will take part.
A cross-border motor rally to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is arriving in Agartala from Bangladesh on Tuesday afternoon. The rally, which got underway at Rajghat in New Delhi on February 4, will culminate on February 24 at Yangon in Myanmar.The Border Security Force (BSF) has made arrangements to support the itinerary of the motorists on the border. The rally entered Bangladesh from Kolkata on Monday, sources in BSF said.“We will facilitate the rally to the Agartala Check Post from Bangladesh. The Ministry of Transport and Highways has organised the rally,” senior BSF official of the Tripura Frontier Arun Kumar Verma told The Hindu.Government officials said the rally would travel 7,250 km before it reaches Yangon. It will cover places historically associated with Mahatma Gandhi, both in India as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar.Officials said the ultimate aim of the rally is to spread the values of Mahatma Gandhi throughout route of the rally. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is supporting the event.
England snatched away the No. 1 Test ranking from India beating them by an innings and 242-run margin during the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday. Score | PhotosEngland claimed the number-one ranking in the ICC Test Championship table for the first time in 32 years.In terms of runs, the 1958 loss against West Indies at Eden Gardens is the worst of India’s losses. India had lost that match by an innings and 336 runs.The win also gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match Test series. India managed to ward off their worst ever defeat in their Test cricket history spanning 454 matches.The visitors started their campaign on the fourth day with an overnight total of 35/1 – a deficit of 451-runs from England’s first innings.On Friday, James Anderson had claimed Sehwag on the first ball that he faced during the innings. In the first innings too Sehwag had lost his wicket on the first ball to Stuart Broad.Saturday didn’t get off too well with the visitors as opener Gautam Gambhir lost his wicket on the first ball that he faced on the day. An away moving ball from Anderson was tamely pushed towards Graeme Swann in the slips. He fell for 14 and India lost their second wicket without adding a run to their overnight total of 35.Dravid too did not last long and fell on a identical ball from Anderson. However, the edge off his bat was too thin and caught carried away towards the wicketkeeper Matt Prior.advertisementDravid fell for 18 and India went down to 40/3. Later, the Hot-Spot didn’t show any edge. Dravid could have been batting had he reviewed it. In fact even Dravid wasn’t too sure whether he had nicked it, but it was strange he decided to walk back.Anderson, who was in good nick, came around to get rid of Laxman on two and India were looking down the barrel with 56/4 on board.Can you beat this, Raina asked for a review on that one? Does he not know that LBW’s are not under the DRS purview. His appeal was turned down by on-field umpire Steve Davis.Then it was turn of offie Swann to polish his wares and he did it in style by trapping left-hander Suresh Raina cheaply and India lost their fifth wicket on 87. In fact, Raina could have walked by earlier, had England captain Andrew Strauss not dropped him at gully off Swann.Sachin, who was holding fort at the other end, got run out in a very unfortunate manner. A straight and low drive off skipper MS Dhoni touched the finger tips of bowler Graeme Swann and went on to strike against the stumps at the other end and Sachin was off his crease. He fell for 40 and India lost their sixth wicket on 89.At lunch India were 116/6 with skipper Dhoni and tail-ender Amit Mishra in the middle. They were trailing by a massive 370 runs at the stage.Straight into the second session, Amit Mishra departed. He played an aerial shot off Swann, but failed to clear Stuart Broad in the extra cover region. India lost their seventh wicket on 130.Towards the end of their innings, Praveen Kumar and Dhoni belted a few boundaries and over the fence shots to help India keep afloat and sty clear of their worst defeat ever.But, Praveen short blitz came to an end in Broad’s over. He wanted to whack him towards the long on boundary, but a top edge got carried away towards Ravi Bopara near mid-wicket. He fell for 40 after belting five fours and three sixes. In process he even injured the thumb of his right hand.Ishant Sharma, too did not stay for long and fell LWB to Broad with lone ranger Dhoni holding fort in this innings as well. He scored an unbeaten 74.Within minutes India’s innings folded and England went on to become the Number One Test team in the World grabbing an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four match series.The two sides next meet on August 18 at the Kennington Oval in London.
Indian boxers Shiva Thapa and Kuldeep Singh advanced to the quarterfinals while Akhil Kumar and Amritpreet Singh were knocked out of their respective categories in the 17th Asian Games at Seonhak Gymnasium on Friday.Thapa was adjudged the winner against Nadir of Pakistan by technical knockout due to injury in the round of 16 bout in the bantamweight (56kg) section . The 20-year-old took just a minute and five seconds, recording a round one TKO-I win over the Pakistani fighter. He will face Filipino Mario Fernandez in the quarterfinal slated for Tuesday.In the men’s light heavyweight (81kg) category, Kuldeep defeated Thongkrathok Anavat of Thailand by a split decision, winning 2-1 to make it to the quarters. He will next take on Iran’s Ehsan Rouzbahani on Monday.Later in the day, comeback man Akhil lost his lightweight (60kg) round of 16 match, going down 1-2 in a split decision against Charly Suarez of the Philippines’ in a tight contest that could have gone either way. Akhil took the lead after winning the first round but Suarez came back strongly to clinch the next two rounds to seal the contest in his favour. The last-eight round of this category will be held Oct 29.Amritpreet Singh’s, heavy weight (91kg) category, loss by a split decision against South Korea’s Namhyeong Park was similar to Akhil’s. Amritpreet started the contest positively bagging the first round in a split decision. But then his aggressiveness dipped as Park clawed back in the fight, bagging the bout in a split decision. The quarter-finals of this event will be held on Tuesday.advertisement
By Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Aug 6 (PTI) “I have been unlucky but who isnt in this world at some point?”, asked L Devendro Singh, trying to make sense of past rejections and near misses of an otherwise fine career so far. The 25-year-old Subedar in the Indian Army is the lone boxer among 17 Arjuna awardees finalised this year, a list which is expected to get the Sports Ministrys nod — like all the previous years. The flyweight boxer had been nominated in 2015 and 2016 as well but could not get the selection committees approval despite fine performances. “I dont believe in blaming or sulking. Its not healthy for an athlete. Being a sportsperson means giving your best and taking pride in it, instead of withdrawing yourself after a setback,” Devendro told PTI in an interview. “I am an optimist, its fine if I didnt get it the previous years, I got it this year. I would like to savour that. I live in the present and it wont change for anything,” he said. His self-assured optimism aside, Devendro wouldnt really be faulted if he felt a shade disappointed by the double snub. A Commonwealth Games silver-medallist, who was bested by two-time Olympic medallist and European champion Paddy Barnes in a gripping final in 2014, Devendro also has two Asian Championship medals (a silver in 2013 and a bronze in 2015) to his credit. An Olympic quarterfinalist in 2012 London Games, Devendro has nearly always lost crucial bouts on split verdicts. Bouts that could have or perhaps should have gone his way, the biggest of the recent heartbreaks being the box-offs he lost to miss the 2016 Olympic Games qualification. “I wont say that a loss doesnt hurt, it always does but can you really achieve anything by brooding too much? You have to move on and find new targets, which I always do. It also helps that I have a short memory, I tend to forget after a while,” he laughed. “Once you have taken up a sport like boxing at the age of 11, you have to be prepared for some blows here and there.” The former world No.3s rather philosophical take on life inside the ring comes from the days spent training at the Army Sports Institute in Pune back in 2003. It was at this place that he was “forced” into the habit of writing a daily diary. “We were told to write a diary by senior officers and eventually it became a habit. I used to write about my training, insecurities and several other things. I actually have four diaries filled up but I stopped in 2013 because of lack of time. “I havent thrown away the ones I filled. I read them when I go home to laugh at myself. They are good for stress- management sometimes,” he said. “Besides, I have four dogs and a cat at my home in Manipur. I go home and spend most of my time with them and that also takes care of any negativity which might creep in sometimes,” he added. Speaking of negativity, did it creep in when he lost the trials for the Asian Championships earlier this year, scuttling his hopes of competing in the World Championships later this month?. “The guy who beat me in the trials was better on the day so I have no complaints. All of us in the camp are equals. I gave my best and thats what gives me satisfaction. “That, however, does not mean that I dont have ambition. I am targetting the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year. You cant have ambition if you allow some disappointments to hamper you,” he reasoned. The diminutive tempo-boxers positive outlook is not mere words, it is reflected in his actions as well. The most recent example of this was a silver at a tournament in Mongolia in June, just a couple of months after the disappointment of missing out on what could have been his third successive Asian Championship medal. “Those who dont believe are not exactly living. I like to believe that I am living,” was how he chose to reflect on the medal and the heartbreak before that. PTI PM AH AHadvertisement