Deepika, Atanu exit from recurve mixed event after loss to Mongolia

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 24 (PTI) India’s struggling recruve archers were in for more shock with Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das suffering an upset defeat at the hands of lower-ranked Mongolia in the Asian Games here via shootout. The 4-5 loss in the mixed team quarterfinals left the Indian squad shell-shocked as Deepika yet again floundered in pressure situation, finding a seven in the second shot of the shoot-off, which led to their ouster. Deepika, world number seven, and the 19th ranked Atanu were favourites against the Mongolians. The team of Bishindee Urantungalag, ranked as low as 254 and Otgobbold Baatarkhuya, ranked 94 in the world, nosed ahead by taking the first set 2-0. The Indian team clawed its back by taking the next two but the Mongolians forced a shoot-off by snatching the fourth. In the deciding shoot-off, both the teams found 10s in the first shot. The Mongolians found nine on the second while Deepika shot a seven. The defeat left Deepika shattered as he she sat on the pavement outside the stadium, her hands covering her face in dejection. Atanu tried hard to console his teammate and coach Sawaiyan Manjhi, too, offered words of consolation to Deepika. “We really don’t know what’s happening. These archers were hitting world class score in the practice. It’s just not translating in the competitions. She is completely distraught. She thinks the team lost because of her,” Manjhi, who himself looked distraught, told PTI. “I also have to take the blame. I could not prepare my archers to be consistent. But it’s enough. We just cannot take excuses that ‘we could not hit’. We really need to do some soul-searching and find out what’s wrong.advertisement “This team just won a World Cup. They are not bad but I really have no idea what strikes them in the multi-sport event,” Manjhi said. The Indian recurve archers had a poor outing in the individual events as well, with only Atanu Das making the quarterfinals. Deepika had crashed out in the pre-quarterfinals. Both Atanu and Deepika now have team events to redeem some pride. “We lost and that’s it. They hit and we did not. I don’t know why and how because we don’t know,” said Das. PTI AT AHlast_img read more

Santiago Solari wants players to foget about the FIFA Club World

first_imgReal Madrid boss Santiago Solari has told his side to forget about the FIFA Club World Cup having seen thrashed minnows Melilla to grab the seventh victory in eight games.Marco Asensio and Isco struck twice respectively while Javi Sanchez and teenager Vinicius Junior buried the ball in the back of the net as the LaLiga aristocrats put to flight Segundo Division B Melilla 6-1 at the Bernabeu Stadium. This fetched them run out 10-1 aggregate winners in their Copa del Rey last-32 tie.He said in his post-match press conference as quoted by Sport BT:“There’s no time to think about it – we are not even sure who is in. The final of the Libertadores is being played here on Sunday.”“We are just looking at the next game, so we are still far away. There are many matches before that. There are three, two in LaLiga which are vital for us, and the other one comes in the Champions League.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“After that, we will have time to think about the Club World Cup. It’s a competition that I am passionate about, I think it’s brilliant.”“Today’s game was beneficial. It allows us to see how many quality, committed players we have. They put in a solid display and showed real spark up top.”“It doesn’t matter what division our opposition are playing in. They’re top of their group in Segunda B. Scoring 10 goals in two games isn’t easy and I’m thrilled for everyone who was involved today.”“Everyone thinks they should start, otherwise they would not be here. We need 11 players and a part of my job is to choose the ones that play.”last_img read more

Cover Crops Working Group to Publish Recommendations for Expanding Soil Health

first_imgThe National Working Group on Cover Crops and Soil Health will publish recommendations this week that offer action items for expanding cover crop acreage and additional improvements to soil health.American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Ray Gaesser is one of the 18 Working Group members. The 10 action items all pertain to USDA agencies and programs and cover a range of policies from research to crop insurance to conservation programs. Among the recommendations are creation of grant programs within existing USDA research programs to fund regional research and education efforts on cover crops; partnerships to develop improved cover crop germplasm; a triple-strategy conservation approach for fields coming out of CRP; and decoupling cover crop terminations from Federal crop insurance eligibility. The report will be published on the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) website by next week.last_img read more

Scrapping of iconic Indian warship INS Vikrant begins

first_img‘We began the process of breaking INS Vikrant yesterday and it will take at least seven to eight months to complete the job,’ Abdul Zaka of ship breaking company IB Commercial (IBC), which had won the bid for the decommissioned ship for Rs 60 crore, told . Zaka said after the Supreme Court in August rejected the PIL to convert the ship into a maritime museum, IBC obtained mandatory permissions from different government authorities for dismantling it at ship breaking yard at Darukana in south Mumbai. Around 200 men have been engaged for the job. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIBefore the Supreme Court’s verdict, the Maharashtra government had expressed its inability to maintain the vessel inducted into the Navy in 1961 and decommissioned in January 1997. In January 2014, during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation that opposed the plan to scrap the ship, the defence ministry had told the Bombay high court that it had completed its operational life.Responding to the demand for converting it into a museum, Maharashtra government had expressed its inability to preserve it as a museum, citing financially troubles. The majestic-class aircraft carrier, purchased from Britain in 1957, played a key role in enforcing the naval blockade of East Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.last_img read more

Lightning kills 4 persons in Malda

first_imgMalda/Darjeeling: Four persons were killed in different incidents of lightning strike in Bengal’s Malda district on Wednesday, a senior police officer said.Superintendent of Police, Alok Rajoria said three persons were killed in the lightning strike during heavy rain in Gajole block and one in Manikchawk block of the district. Heavy rain accompanied by lightning hit Malda district on Wednesday. Meanwhile, incessant rainfall in Bhutan and North Bengal has thrown life out of gear. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLarge stretches have been inundated in North Bengal with road communication disrupted. Water levels are dangerously on the rise in the rivers flowing down from Bhutan. A weather warning has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for North Bengal from June 26 to June 28. While there is a red warning (greater than 20 cm of rain forecasted) for June 26 and June 27, there is a orange warning (7cm to 20cm of rain forecasted) for June 28. “Due to strong moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and shifting of trough of low pressure along North Bengal enhanced rainfall activity is likely to continue over the district of North Bengal during June 26 to 28,” stated the bulletin. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWide-spread rainfall has been forecasted over the districts of Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology, Bhutan, in a weather bulletin has warned of active monsoon to continue in the next 48 hours with heavy rains forecasted for the southern part of Bhutan. Bhutan has been witnessing incessant rainfall in the past few days resulting in flash floods and land slides. Many important roads have been closed down owing to this. The Phuentsholing to Thimpu road is also affected. “We are keeping tab and reviewing the situation on a daily basis. Heavy rainfall in Bhutan will definitely affect our district but we are ready. Our priority will be that we do not have any human casualty” stated Surendra Kumar Meena, District Magistrate, Alipurduar — the district sharing borders with Bhutan.last_img read more