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New York (ANI) : Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai suffered a major blow as they knocked out of the US Open after going down in the semi-finals of the women’s doubles event here at the Flushing Meadows last event.
The Indo-Chinese duo failed to replicate their good performances in the tournament so far and slump to a 4-6, 4-6 defeat to Swiss-Taiwanese team of Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan in a gruelling last-four clash that lasted almost one and a half hour.
With Sania’s defeat, the Indian challenge in the tournament also ended.
Last month, Mirza and Peng, who had joined forces at the beginning of the US Open Series, made it to the semi-finals of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati before slumping to a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Taiwanese-Romanian pair of Hsieh Su-wei and Monica Niculescu.
Hingis, who won the US Open women’s doubles title with Mirza in 2015, and Yung-Jan will now cross swords with the winner of the other semi-final clash Lucie Hradecka-Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic.
In the men’s singles clash, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson and world number one Rafael Nadal have set up a title clash after winning their respective matches this morning.
Spanish maestro Nadal produced a spirited performance as he rebound strongly from a set down to register a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 win over Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in a thrilling clash that lasted two and a half hour.
It should be noted that del Potro had earlier defeated 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals to knock him out of the US Open.
Anderson, on the other hand, also bounced back from a set down to clinch a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over 12th-seed Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain and make it to the summit showdown.

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Want players to grab chances: Harendra Singh
New Delhi,Sept 10(PTI): India’s newly-appointed women’s hockey coach Harendra Singh says he expects his players to earn their “rightful places” in the national team.
The former India player will to take over as the coach of the India women’s senior team for the first time in his career.
“The last few days have been incredible to say the least. The dust has settled and it’s time to move on,” Harendra wrote on Facebook, referring to the latest developments in Indian hockey.
Women’s national hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne was on Friday named chief coach of the Indian men’s team — a surprising decision given the Dutchman has no prior experience of handling a senior men’s side. Besides, junior World Cup winning coach Harendra was appointed high performance specialist of the senior women’s team.
Harendra said, “Taking full responsibility for the women’s team is an honour. I thank all those who have placed me in this position.
“With my staff, I now look forward to working with this talented group of players. We will concentrate on providing the team with the best possible environment and opportunities, in return we expect our players to deliver and take their rightful spot at the top.”

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Colombo: India dished out an all-round performance at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, on Sunday, as India cruised to a six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI.

This victory helped India clinch an unprecedented 5-0 clean sweep in Sri Lanka. No other country has ever achieved this feat before.

The Indians were at their hosts’ throats from the word go, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah got a couple of early wickets. Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) rebuilt the Sri Lanka innings with a 122-run partnership.

However, the Indian bowlers came back in the slog overs to wrap-up the innings for a lowly score of 238.

Man of the match Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers, picking up with the first five-wicket-haul of his ODI career; he ended with career-best ficures of 5-42.

Incidentally, India wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni got to his 100th stumping, as he whipped off the bails off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling to dismiss Akila Dhananjaya (4).

With this stumping, Dhoni becomes the wicketkeeper with the most stumpings (100) in ODI cricket, surging one ahead of Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara.

India got off to a shaky start with Ajinkya Rahane (5) and Rohit Sharma (16) departing quickly.

However, captain Virat Kohli came up with the goods on the last match of the ODI series, with an unbeaten 110 from 116 balls, as he steered India to a 6-wicket win. This was Kohli’s 30th ODI century.

The India captain had some crucial help on the way to victory. He had a crucial 99-run partnership with Manish Pandey (36) after the early departures of Rohit and Rahane.

While this partnership consolidated India’s innings, Kohli’s 109-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (63) put India in the driving seat. Indeed, the Men in Blue looked like they would romp home with both the captain and Jadhav at the crease.

However, Jadhav edged a Wanindu Hasaranga delivery straight into the gloves of Sri Lanka keeper Niroshan Dickwella, with just two runs left to win. Those last two runs were shared between Kohli and Dhoni.


Sri Lanka 238 all out. (Lahiru Thirimanne 67, Angelo Mathews 55; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5-42).

India 239-4 from 46.3 overs. (Virat Kohli 110*, Kedar Jadhav 63; Wanindu Hasarnaga 1-29).

India win the match by 6 wickets, and clinch the ODI series 5-0.

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India 239-4 from 46.3 overs

And its all over. The five-match ODI series comes to an end, with India winning all of the games. They are yet to lose a single game on this Sri Lanka tour. And who better to bring up the winning runs, and captain-fantastic himself, Virat Kohli

India 237-4 from 46.1 overs

WICKET! Pretty inconsequential at this moment. However, a wicket is a wicket, and India have to go through the motions for the last two runs, as Jadhav edges it straight into nthe keeper’s gloves.

India 223-3 from 42.3 overs

After a bit of a nervy wait, Kohli, finally gets to his century, as he steers Dhananjaya to the off side. Number 30 in ODI cricket for the India captain.

India 211-3 from 40.3 overs

Kedar Jadhav cheekily steers it down to third man, to notch up the second fifty of his ODI career.

India 209-3 from 40 overs

India are slowly inching their way towards a 5-0 clean sweep of the ODI series. There is absolutely no pressure on Kohli and Jadhav, as they near their century and half century, respectively.

India 178-3 from 35 overs

India are cruising along at a steady rate, now. Virat Kohli looks well set, and Kedar Jadhav has also gotten into the groove of things pretty quickly.

India 128-3 from 25.1 overs

WICKET! Pandey goes for the wild slog against Pushpakumara as the ball goes high into the Colombo night sky. Upul Tharanga took an easy catch in the deep.

India 112-2 from 22.1 overs

Virat Kohli brings up his 45th ODI fifty with a boundary straight down the ground. This has been an important innings by the captain. India are now well on course for a fifth win this series.

India 70-2 from 15 overs

The Indian innings has been somewhat stabilised after the two early wickets. Virat Kohli has taken the onus upon himself, while Manish Pandey plays the sheet-anchor role.

India 53-2 from 10 overs

The two early wickets have put India in a bit of trouble at the moment. Sri Lanka were far ahead of them, at this point of time in their innings. The Indian middle order has looked a bit shaky this series, and this would be a good time for Kohli and Manish Pandey to consolidate the innings and get some gametime in. Kohli seems to have launched into the overdrive mode in the last few balls though, striking a couple of boundaries in the last couple of balls.

India 29-2 from 7.3 overs

WICKET! India are in a bit of trouble, here. Fernando pitches it a little short of full length, and Rohit tries to sweep it away behind the wicket. Although he caught the ball sweetly on his bat on a half volley, Pushpakumara, strategically placed at short fine leg, was within reach of the ball, and did well to take a diving catch.

India 17-1 from 4.4 overs

WICKET! Malinga bangs it in short as Rahane goes for the big pull. However, he only managed to top edge it high into the Colombo sky, for Munaweera to take a good catch at fine leg.

Sri Lanka Innings

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up a five-wicket-haul, as India restricted Sri Lanka to 238 for 10, after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first.

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga (48 from 34 balls) got off to a flying start, but nobody at the other end held fort.

Despite a few early wickets, Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) consolidated the innings in the middle order.

However, the Indian bowlers pulled things back in the last 10 overs, to wrap up the Sri Lanka innings for a lowly 238.


Sri Lanka 238 all out. (Lahiru Thirimanne 67, Angelo Mathews 55; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5-42)

India need 239 runs to win from 50 overs at 4.78.

Sri Lanka 238 all out from 49.4 overs

WICKET! And the Sri Lanka innings comes to an end, with Bhuvneshwar Kunar getting his five-wicket-haul, after dismissing Malinga.

Sri Lanka 228-9 from 47.1 overs

WICKET! All hell is breaking lose for the hosts. Siriwardana goes for the big hoik on the leg side, but it was not well struck, and Shardul Thakur takes an easy catch in the deep.

Sri Lanka 228-8 from 46.5 overs

WICKET! Good wicket-to-wicket bowling by Bumrah. Pushpakumara stepped out of thec rease and gave it an almighty swing. However, Bumrah fired it in slow and full, as it crashed into the stumps. There was a little doubt about a no-ball, but his foot was fractionally behind the line, and the ball was just about waist-height, replays suggested.

Sri Lanka 212-7 from 45 overs

WICKET! Dhananjya got some of his own medicine form Chahal. Seeing him step out, Chahal dropped it wide outside the off stump. Despite reaching a long way, Dhananjaya could not connect with the ball, as Dhoni easily completed the stumping. This was Dhoni’s 100th stumping.

Thirimanne and Mathews’ wickets have not done Sri Lanka any good. All of the good work put in by the duo in the middle overs are coming off, as the Indian bowlers are picking up one wicket after the other, here. They need some big overs, now.

Sri Lanka 205-6 from 43 overs

WICKET! Hasaranga played Chahal with soft hands, and decided to risk the quick single. However, Dhoni was quick to shake his gloves off and hurl it towards Chahal, who made sure he collected it cleanly before disturbing the stumps. Hasaranga was well outside his mark.

Sri Lanka 194-5 from 41.1 overs

WICKET! Mathews tried to be a bit too cheeky there. He attempted to scoop Kuldeep over the keeper’s head for a boundary, but the ball bounced a bit on him, and he mis-timed his shot. It ended up in being an easy catch for Dhoni.

Sri Lanka 185-4 from 38.5 overs

WICKET! Bhuvi has struck again! Fired in a short-ish delivery, which Thirimanne has some difficulty in negotiating. He only managed to play it onto the stumps. Thirimanne has played a sturdy innings, taking the Sri Lankan innings to relative safety.

Sri Lanka 152-3 from 31.3 overs

Very good batting by Lahiru Thirimanne. He has dropped the anchor and taken his time against the rampant Indian bowlers. He brings up his 18th ODI 50 from 83 balls.

Sri Lanka 148-3 from 30 overs

Stability has been brought back into the Lankan innings with Mathews and Thirimanne looking to keep things ticking over at a steady rate. Despite the loss of four wickets, they have been able to maintain a run rate of around 5 an over. If this duo can stick to the crease till the slog overs, the home side can expect to put up a big total.

Sri Lanka 88-3 from 15 overs

WICKET! Its been tough going for Sri Lanka, today. They had started off at a steady pace, but the wicket of Upul Tharanga has bogged them down a bit. However, Mathews and Thirimanne are looking to keep the scoreboard ticking at a steady rate, as they run their quick singles.

Sri Lanka 63-3 from 9.2 overs

WICKET! This looks bad for Sri Lanka. They have been scoring the quick runs in the opening exchanges, mainly due to captainUpul Tharanga’s blitzkrieg. However, Bumrah straightened him up with an in-swinger, as the Indian fielders immediately went up in appeal for an LBW. The umpire did not hesitate to raise his finger. Tharanga departs for 48 from 34 balls , two runs short of his 35th ODI 50.

Sri Lanka 40-2 from 6.4 overs

WICKET! Bhuvi fires it in short yet again, but only hurls it a little slower this time. Munaweera tried to pull it again, but it caught the toe of his bat this time, as it looped in the air. Kohli took a good diving catch at mid-off.

Sri Lanka 14-1 from 3 overs

WICKET! A well-disguised delivery by Bhuvi here. He has been smashed for a few by Tharanga, but he completely deceived Dickwell there, with a knuckle ball. Failing to read the pace of the ball, Dickwella lobbed it up in the air for the bowler to take an easy catch on his follow-through.


Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga (c), Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Malinda Pushpakumara, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur.


Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharagna wins the toss, and elects to bat first.

Preview: The start of the fifth and final Sri Lanka versus India ODI is delayed by half an hour due to rain here on Sunday.

With Team India dominantly steamrolling over Sri Lanka so far in the ODI series, the Men in Blue will fancy their chances of completing a 5-0 clean sweep when they take on a harried Sri Lanka side in the 5th ODI dead rubber on Sunday.

Virat Kohli’s men previously bagged a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series, and with the good run they are in, they will aim to sweep the ODI series as well.

On the other hand, it’s been a frustrating summer for the home team. Having lost to minnows Zimbabwe previously in the ODI series, they have missed out on the opportunity to secure direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup by failing to win two matches in the series so far. Earlier, the Sri Lankan selection committee, led by Sanath Jayasuriya also announced their resigning.

The Men in Blue are likely to stick with the same in the last ODI, while Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga makes a comeback into the team after his two-game suspension for a slow-over rate. However, a much-needed win for the Lions in the final ODI could do them a world of good as they embrace new challenges.


Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (captain), Lasith Malinga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanna, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

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Cricket - First One Day International - India v Zimbabwe - Harare, Zimbabwe - 11/06/16. India's Lokesh Rahul celebrates his century. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Source: DH News Service

Colombo, Aug 2 : KL Rahul showed signs of his return to full fitness after going through a first full training session in a week, ahead of India’s second Test against Sri Lanka beginning here on Thursday.

Even as India went through their first training session since wrapping up the opening Test inside four days last week, Rahul batted at length at the practice facilities situated adjacent to Sinhalese Cricket Club Ground, the venue for the second Test. He faced throw downs from assistant coach Sanjay Bangar and Raghavendra, team’s “throw-down specialist.” He then faced Ravindra Jadeja and some local bowlers and batted in the ‘nets’ put up at the main ground. After taking some catches, he batted for some more time before winding up his day.

Having joined the team only on the second evening of the first Test in Galle after contracting viral fever, the Karnataka batsman, however, didn’t go through the bleep test that most of his team-mates were put through. And Head Coach Ravi Shastri, too, remained non-committal about his return to the playing 11 for the second Test.

“Good, he is good,” said Shastri when asked about opener’s progress. “We are watching him closely. He went through some tough times, he was in the hospital for 2-3 days and obviously it has taken a lot out of him. So we have to be very careful how we treat him, we are watching him very closely and he is getting better by the day.”

India, however, won’t be fretting too much over Rahul’s recovery though. Shikhar Dhawan, who replaced Rahul for the first Test, slammed his way to 190 in the first innings of the Galle Test while other opener Abhinav Mukund struck a well-paced 81 in the second innings as India set hosts a target of 550 to win.

It remains to be seen if India bring back Rahul for the second Test or allow him more time to regain full fitness. Given his luck with injuries and now illness in a short career, the team management will be extra cautious in pressing him back into the side.

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Indian batsman Shikar Dhawan celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the first day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India at Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA

Galle, Jul 26 (PTI) :   Opener Shikhar Dhawan made the most of his lucky Test comeback to slam a career-best 190-run knock, while Cheteshwar Pujara continued his golden run as India posted a formidable 399/3 on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka here.

Brought into the squad only after first-choice opener Murali Vijay was ruled out due to injury, Dhawan made full use of the opportunity and played an entertaining 168-ball innings that was studded with 31 fours. This was his fifth Test hundred.

Perfect foil to him was the in-form Pujara, who notched up his 12th Test hundred, remaining unbeaten at 144 off 247 balls. The duo powered India to their highest total on day one of an away Test and also the best by a visiting team in Sri Lanka, bettering the West Indies.

They also shared a 253-run second-wicket stand, which can well be described the defining partnership for India.

It was a case of two contrasting hundreds but both served India’s purpose quite well against a home team, which was down to 10 men after middle-order batsman Asela Gunaratne was ruled out of the series with a fractured left thumb. Gunaratne was injured while fielding at second slip, trying to grab a catch of Dhawan.

The visiting batsmen were in marauding form and amassed the highest number of runs on the opening day of a Test by a visiting team in Sri Lanka.

In the process, India improved on their previous record of most runs scored on the opening day of an overseas Test, which stood at 375/9 versus New Zealand in Wellington.

Earlier, Virat Kohli (3) was caught behind shortly after the tea break as he tried to pull a short delivery and only managed to edge to the keeper. Sri Lanka opted for a DRS review after the initial not-out decision, and got it overturned.

But Ajinkya Rahane (39 batting, 94 balls, 1 four) put on 113 runs with Pujara for the fourth wicket and saw out the remainder of the session without any trouble.

They crossed the 50-mark off 96 balls and then the 100- mark off 182 balls. India crossed 300 in the 63rd over, and then 350 in the 77th over, with the run-rate slowing down a tad as compared to the first two sessions when Dhawan was at the crease.

In the process, Pujara brought up his 12th Test hundred off 172 balls, inclusive of eight fours. Sri Lanka took the second new ball in the 81st over, but were unable to get a breakthrough even as play was extended to complete the day’s quota of overs.


Earlier, Dhawan scored his highest Test score as India reached 282/2 at tea. After lunch, Dhawan and Pujara brought up their 100-partnership off 130 balls.

The left-handed opener reached his fifth Test hundred off 110 balls, inclusive of 16 fours. He had scored at an awe- inspiring strike rate of 91.81 until then, and accelerated once he crossed this landmark. In total, he scored at 113.09 during his stay at the crease.

He crossed 150 off 147 balls, with another eight boundaries. Dhawan unleashed a plethora of sweep shots against the spinners as Sri Lanka had no clue on how to possibly contain him. His 200-partnership with Pujara came up off 236 balls, and then crossed 250 off 280 balls, as runs came easily.

Shortly afterwards, Dhawan crossed his previous best score of 187 against Australia scored at Mohali in March 2013 and looked primed for scoring his maiden Test double hundred.

But it wasn’t to be as he miscued a shot straight to Angelo Mathews at mid-off off Nuwan Pradeep (3-64) minutes before the tea break, and threw away his wicket needlessly.

In the morning, Dhawan and Pujara helped India reach 115/1 in 27 overs at lunch. This was after India won the toss and opted to bat. The visitors opted for a five-pronged attack as all-rounder Hardik Pandya made his Test debut.

For Sri Lanka, Danushka Gunathilaka was handed his maiden Test cap as well.

Dhawan opened the innings with Abhinav Mukund (12) and the two batsmen got off the blocks very quickly. Despite a sprinkling of green on the Galle pitch, pacers Pradeep and Lahiru Kumara (0-95) couldn’t make optimal use of the new ball. The opening duo scored at will as they rotated strike with ease.

With a great batting track available, Mukund wasted a golden opportunity for a big score as he edged behind off Pradeep in the 8th over.

Spin was introduced in the seventh over but it wasn’t stand-in skipper Rangana Herath who came on to bowl. Instead, off-break bowler Dilruwan Perera (0-103) was introduced into the attack.

He didn’t make any positive impact on Dhawan, or his new partner as Pujara also made a positive start to his innings. The pair looked to attack against spin but after a few misses, settled down to form a partnership. They put on 50 runs off only 60 balls, setting the pace for the remainder of the day.

Dhawan was given a life when Asela Gunaratne dropped him at second slip off Kumar in that same over. He was on 31 not out at that time, and went on to score his 4th Test half- century off 62 balls inclusive of four fours.

Herath (0-92) finally came on to bowl in the 19th over, but the batsmen had an easy time until lunch, bringing up India’s 100-mark in the 25th over.

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By Sukanta Mohanty

Bhubaneswar, July 23:  Hockey Odisha has selected the final 18 senior men state team to participate in 91st All India MCC Muruggap Gold Cup  Hockey Tournament 2017 organized by Madras Cricket Club.

The tournament is scheduled to be held at Chennai  (TamiliNadu) from  July 27 to  August 6, 2017.

The team was selected by the selectors of Hockey Odisha from the on going coaching cum selection trial camp at State Hostel Panposh, Rourkela.

The camp was started from July 11, 2017.

The state team will proceed to Chennai on July 24 from Cuttack. Hockey Odisha to play their first match on July 27.


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“Anurag ran the show in immature and arrogant manner”

By Nalini Sahu

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 2: F Indian Premier League (IPL) ex-chairperson and cricket administrator Ranjib Biswal on Monday hailed the sacking of BCCI president Anurag Thakur by the Supreme Court and said the action against Thakur was quite inevitable as he was running the show in an “immature” and “arrogant” manner.

“The action against Anurag Thakur was inevitable. He always wanted to run the BCCI administration in immature, arrogant and egoistic manner. The action against him was quite inevitable. His departure from BCCI would have no impact on the cricket body,” Mr Biswal told to a local television channel here.

Stating that the BCCI was one of the well-organised and well-managed sports administration bodies in the world, Mr Biswal, the former India junior team captain under whose leadership great players like Sachin Tendulkar and Ajaya Jadeja had played, – said BCCI would function as usual with other experienced office-bearers.

It may be mentioned here that on Monday morning, the Apex Court sacked Thakur from the post of BCCI president for not complying with its orders.

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BY A.K. SAHOAward 2O

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 31: In a bid to promote the sporting talents of Odisha, EMIL an Aditya Birla Group Company on Tuesday organized a felicitation ceremony especially for the six sports persons of Odisha who made it to the Rio Olympics 2016.

As a token of appreciation, EMIL presented cash prizes along with memento and other goodies to the participants. Sprinters Dutee Chand and Sravani Nanda were given Rs 15 lakh  each while women hockey stars Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo and  Lalima Minz  got Rs 10 lakh each.

Odisha tourism and culture Ashok Chandra Panda graced the occasion as chief guest and Padmashree Dillip Tirki, was the guest of Honour.

Other dignitaries on the dais were Shri Lalit Das, IPS, Special Secretary, Home, Shri Susanta Kumar Nath, IPS, IG Modenisation, Shri Ashok Kumar Bal, CEO-EMIL and Shri Rajdeep Mohanty, Sr Vice President, Corporate Affairs, EMIL.

Besides, senior Govt Officials, dignitaries from different strata of the society, CII, EZMA, Independent entrepreneurs and senior officials of the Aditya Birla Group Company namely, Hidalco, Ultra Tech, Pantaloons, Idea, Jayshree Chemicals and Birla Sun life Insurance were also present to witness function. Former Indian Hockey Captain, Shri Lazarus Barla also graced the occasion.

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2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women's 100m Round 1 - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Olesya Povh (UKR) of Ukraine, Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TTO) of Trinidad and Tobago and Dutee Chand (IND) of India compete. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.


2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women's 100m Round 1 - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Olesya Povh (UKR) of Ukraine, Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TTO) of Trinidad and Tobago and Dutee Chand (IND) of India compete. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics – Athletics – Preliminary – Women’s 100m Round 1 – Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 12/08/2016. Olesya Povh (UKR) of Ukraine, Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TTO) of Trinidad and Tobago and Dutee Chand (IND) of India compete. REUTERS

Rio, Aug. 13, 2016 (IANS): Indian athletes Muhammed Anas Yahiya and Ankit Sharma crashed out of their respective events at the ongoing Rio Olympics. Later, Dutee Chand also crashed out of contention for the women’s 100m semi-finals after posting a time of 11.69 to finish seventh in Heat 5 – only the top two from each Heat qualified.

Anas finished sixth in his heat and 31st overall in the men’s 400m event with a timing of 45.95 seconds and could not qualify for the semi-finals while Ankit finished 12th in Group B with a distance of 7.67 metre of the men’s long jump qualifying round here on Friday evening.

Kirani James (44.93 seconds) of Grenada was the best in the men’s 400m event, the second place was taken by Machel Cedenio (44.98) of Trinidad and Tobago while Khamis Ali Khamis (45.12) grabbed the third spot.

First spot in the men’s long jump was taken by Jianan Wang (8.24m) of China, while Jeff Henderson (8.20) of America and Emiliano Lasa (8.14) of Uruguay had to settle for the second and third spots respectively.

Earlier on Friday , athletes Manpreet Kaur and Jinson Johnson also had disappointing performances in their respective disciplines.

Manpreet Kaur failed to get past the women’s Shot Put qualifying round. The qualifying mark for the 18 shot putters in Group B was to achieve a throw of 18.40 metres or at least the 12 best performers advanced to the final round.

Manpreet scored 16.68 metres in her first attempt and improved to 17.06 metres in her second attempt. She secured only 16.76m in her third attempt to finish a disappointing 23rd at the Olympic Stadium.

Jinson Johnson’s campaign at the Rio Olympics ended after he finished fifth in the qualification round of the men’s 800 metres Heat 3 at the Olympic Stadium. The Kerala athlete clocked 1:47.27 minute to cover the distance.

More disappointment was in store for the Indian contingent as discus thrower Vikas Gowda failed to qualify in the qualifying round, securing the 28th position among 35 athletes.

The qualifying mark for the 18 shot putters in Group B was to achieve a throw of 65.50 metres or at least the 12 best performers advanced to the final round.

Gowda threw 57.59 metres and only 58.99 in his first attempt at the Olympic Stadium. The 33-year-old only managed a paltry 58.70m throw in his third attempt, which was way below the desired mark.

In the men’s 20km race walk event, Manish Singh finished 13th with a time of 1:21:21. while the other two athletes Gurmeet Singh and Ganapathi Krishnan were disqualified.

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East Rutherford, June 28: Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here after Argentina crashsed to defeat against Chile in Copa America Centenario final. Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to retain their title in the world’s oldest continental football completion.

Chile earned themselves bragging rights as South America’s dominant team as they beat heavyweights Argentina 4-2 on penalties for second straight year.

Messi missed the spot on the shootout, cutting a dejected figure. The two sides were deadlocked 0-0 after 90 minutes and also after another half an hour of extra time in a match where both teams were reduced to 10 men in the first half.

After sending his shot over Chile goalkeeper Claudio scoring Bravo into the stands, Messi turned, bowed his head and clenched both firsts in frustration.

A crestfallen Messi later confirmed his decision to quit after yet agonizing near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014.

His nation’s captain and career scoring leader with 55 goals in 113 international appearances, Messi sent Argentina’s first penalty kick over the crossbar.

“The national team is over for me,” Messi told the Argentina network TyC Sports.

“It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I could not get it, so I think it’s over.”

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007Copa Final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year to Copa final to Chile on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw.

Messi moved to Barcelona in 2001 when he was 13, and many fans at home have criticized him for not leading the nation to a World Cup title as Diego Marodona in 1986.

“On top of everything, I missed the penalty kick,” Messi told TyC. “I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, and then for everyone. I think there is a lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.”



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