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Tokyo Olympics: India’s schedule on August 1 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: In a bid to become the first Indian female athlete to win two Olympic medals, PV Sindhu will lock horns against He Bing Jiao of China in the bronze medal match on Sunday. The Indian men’s hockey team will also look to seal semifinal berth after 41 years when they face Great Britain in the quarterfinal.
Following is the complete schedule of Indian action on Sunday:
GOLF
4:11 AM: Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Udayan Mane)
EQUESTRIAN
4:15 AM: Eventing Cross Country Team and Individual (Fouaad Mirza)
GOLF
5:55 AM: Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Anirban Lahiri)

BOXING
9:36 AM: Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) Quarterfinal 1 (Satish Kumar vs Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan)
BADMINTON
5:00 PM: Women’s Singles Bronze Medal Match (PV Sindhu vs He Bing Jiao of China)
HOCKEY
5:30 PM: Men’s Quarter-final (India vs Great Britain)





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Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s kin killed in encounter with forces in Pulwama | India News – Times of India

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Srinagar: Security forces on Saturday said killed Adnan alias Lamboo, Jaish-e-Muhammed’s IED expert and mastermind of the Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy in 2019, in an encounter in Pulwama on Saturday.
Lamboo was killed along with another Jaish terrorist whose identity is yet to be ascertained.
Addressing media from Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarter, GoC 15 Corps LT general D P Pandey, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar and GoC Victor Force termed the killing of Lamboo as a major success for security forces.
“Saifullah alias Adnan alias Lamboo was active for the past few years in South Kashmir. Based on an input generated by the police, boys from Victor Force launched an operation in the dense woods of Dachigam area of Pulwama on July 27. Given the fact that weather was inclement, so all cautions were taken,” Pandey said.
He said today morning in the ensuing encounter with the terrorrists, Jaish’s IED expert, a highly trained terrorist, was killed along with his associate.
“He was responsible for carrying out many attacks, recruiting young boys and brainwashing them. He would also give weapons and training to the new recruits,” GoC 15 Corps said.
Speaking on the occasion, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that Lamboo was a relative of Jaish chief Masood Azhar and had infiltrated into this side of Kashmir in 2017.
“There were 14 FIRs registered against him and he was the mastermind and main accused in the February 14, 2019 Lethpora fidayeen CRPF convoy attack,” the IGP said.
“In total, there are 19 accused. Seven have been arrested and with Lamboo, seven have been killed. Five are still absconding.” He said.
The IGP said that Lamboo was also involved in the killing of SPO Fayaz Ahmed, his wife and daughter in Tral recently.
Major general Rashim Bali GoC of south Kashmir based Victor Force said Lamboo had been fleeing from the cordons by taking advantage of civilians and in today’s operation too, he tried to take cover of two women.
“But boys from the Victor Force in a professional manner zeroed in on him and killed him and his associate in just three minutes without a scratch to any civilian,” he said.
He said that a M-4 carbine, a glock pistol, a Chinese pistol and an Ak-47 rifle has been recovered from the slain terrorist.





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Tokyo Olympics: Thompson-Herah leads Jamaican sweep of women’s 100m | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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TOKYO: Defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah led home a Jamaican clean sweep in the Olympic women’s 100 metres final on Saturday, posting an amazing 10.61 seconds to become the second-fastest woman in history.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who had been seeking a third gold in the event, took silver in 10.74 with Shericka Jackson third in 10.76 at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Thompson-Herah’s Olympic record time has been beaten only by Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 world record of 10.49 – though the American also ran a 10.61.
Fraser-Pryce, 34, took time away from the sport to have a baby but arrived in Tokyo on the back of a sizzling 10.63 run – the fastest time this year.
She started the race strongly, nosing ahead of the field but Thompson-Herah caught up and after the pair raced neck and neck it was the latter who surged ahead with about 40 metres remaining.
Thompson-Herah, wearing a glittering headband, started celebrating before she crossed the line with her left hand raised and she continued her sprint for some distance before lying on the track in jubilation.
The organisers added to the mood of the evening by switching off the lights and lighting up the 100m stretch of the track before introducing the eight sprinters, and six of them finished in under 11 seconds in a blistering race.
Fraser-Pryce, who was looking to add to her 100m wins in 2008 and 2012, had clocked 10.73 to top the semi-final time lists but was unable to improve on that mark.
Jamaica also swept the women’s 100 metres medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.





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Negative perception of police a ‘big challenge’, work to improve this image: PM Modi to IPS probationers | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the negative perception of police force among people was a “big challenge” and urged the young police officers to ponder about this and work hard to change this image.
Addressing the IPS probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy via video-conferencing, PM Modi cited the credibility and good image of the National Disaster Response Force and said the NDRF has won the trust and confidence of people with its outstanding work.
“Whenever there is a natural calamity, the very name of NDRF inspires confidence in the affected people. There is an element of belief that NDRF personnel will save their lives at any cost,” the PM said.
“However, that is not the feeling among people when it comes to the police force. This is despite the fact that policemen sacrifice their lives for the country’s security, they are unable to go home for days, even during festivals,” PM Modi said.
“There was a slight change in this perception in the beginning of the Covid outbreak as policemen were seen helping people in distress. But now it is back to that old situation,” he added.
“It is the responsibility of the new generation of officers to ensure that this changes and the negative perception ends. Whether the system changes you or whether you change the system would depend on your training, your will power,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi urged the probationers to ensure that every action of theirs in the field is always guided by national interest and perspective.
“You are the flag-bearers of ‘Ek Bharat -Shreshth Bharat’ and hence you should always keep the mantra of ‘Nation First, Always First’ foremost in your mind and it should reflect in all your activities,” PM Modi said.
Stating that people expect a certain degree of conduct from them, PM Modi asked the probationers to be always mindful of the dignity of their service not only in office or headquarters but beyond that too.
“You will have to be aware of all the roles in the society, your need to remain friendly and keep the honour of the uniform supreme” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi said that India was all set to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Independence and highlighted the significance of the time when they were joining the police force.
“You are starting your career at a time when India is going through a phase of transformation in every field, every level. The coming 25 years of your career are also going to be the most important 25 years of India’s development. That’s why your preparation, your mood, should be in line with this big goal,” the PM said.
He urged the probationers to work for good governance.
PM Modi also interacted with the probationers during the event and offered them several suggestions.
He advised a woman officer, Ranjeeta Sharma from Haryana who has been allotted Rajasthan cadre, to give one hour every week to students at girl schools in her place of posting, as it will motivate them to achieve their full potential.





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Serosurvey finds Covid antibodies in 66.2% of Tamil Nadu people; it’s 82% in Chennaiites | India News – Times of India

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CHENNAI: At the baseline of the second wave of Covid, 66.2% of people in Tamil Nadu have antibodies against the virus, according to a survey by the state health department. The increased number is because more people were either infected by the virus or vaccinated.
The phase 3 of state-wide cross sectional serosurvey done in July by the Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine done surveyed 26,610 people from 888 clusters across districts. Health workers drew blood samples from each of these clusters, which had 30 people drawn randomly from a village (in rural areas) or a street in (urban area). These samples were tested for the presence of antibodies against SARS Cov-2, the virus that caused Covid-19. These tests were done in six referral labs of the directorate in Chennai, Trichy, Madurai. Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and Salem.
Analysis showed that among the samples tested, 17,624 people had IgG antibodies against the virus – either because they were infected or vaccinated against the virus. Although the overall seroprevalence was 66.2%, it wasn’t uniform across districts. The highest seropositivity was observed in Virudhunagar (84%), which is more than double the 37% reported by Erode district. While Chennai had 82% seropositivity, Coimbatore and Erode have 43% and 46%, respectively.
“The second wave was fierce. The state reported more than 36,000 people in a day overwhelming the healthcare system. In addition to people who showed symptoms and later tested positive, there could have been many others who were asymptomatic,” said director of public health Dr TS Selvavinayagam.
“In addition, the vaccination drive has also been intense. Until the beginning of this survey on June 10, 97.6 lakh people had received at least one dose of the vaccine,” he said.





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Lalan Singh replaces RCP Singh as JD(U) president | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: JD(U) MP Rajiv Ranjan, better known as Lalan Singh, was on Saturday chosen as its national president at the party’s national executive meeting here, sources said.
Singh replaces RCP Singh, who offered to step down as he has been inducted as a Cabinet minister in the Modi government.
Lalan Singh, a Bhumihar MP from Munger Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, has long been a close confidant of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the main face of his party.





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After Hansal Mehta, Richa Chadha defends Shilpa Shetty in Raj Kundra case: Glad she’s suing – Times of India

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After filmmaker Hansal Mehta, Richa Chadha has come out in support of Shilpa Shetty. Retweeting Hansal’s tweet, Richa wrote, “We’ve made a national sport out of blaming women for the mistakes of the men in their lives. Glad she’s suing.”

Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been in the news after her husband Raj Kundra was arrested in a case connected with the creation and distribution of pornographic content.

Yesterday, filmmaker Hansal Mehta took to his Twitter handle on Friday and asked everyone to give Shilpa some privacy, pointing out how public figures are proclaimed guilty even before justice is meted out.

Hansal tweeted, “If you cannot stand up for her at least leave Shilpa Shetty alone and let the law decide? Allow her some dignity and privacy. It is unfortunate that people in public life ultimately are left to fend for themselves and are proclaimed guilty even before justice is meted out.”

Meanwhile, Shilpa Shetty recently approached the Bombay High Court seeking to restrain various media organizations and social media platforms from publishing any ‘incorrect, false, malicious and defamatory’ content against her in connection with the arrest of her husband.

She also sought damages of Rs. 25 crores in the defamation suit and an unconditional apology from the media outlets.

Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday said that actor Shilpa Shetty has not yet been given a clean chit in the pornography racket case where her husband and businessman Raj Kundra is the prime accused.





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Nagaland announces fourth phase of unlocking from August 1 | India News – Times of India

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KOHIMA: The Nagaland government on Saturday announced the fourth phase of unlocking for 18 days starting Sunday with further relaxations, including allowing more time for shops to open and buses to ply with reduced capacity.
The first phase of the unlocking was from July 1-7, followed by the second round from July 8-17 and the third period from July 18.
The decision for Unlock-4 from August 1-18 was taken during a meeting of the High Powered Committee on Covid-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, an official said.
The HPC has decided to extend the time for opening of shops to 12 hours, from 6 am to 6 pm. It was earlier permitted till 4 pm.
Bus transport services, both private and government, would be allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity, he said.
Further notifications and standard operating procedures for this phase of unlocking would be issued to the respective district task forces on Covid-19, the official said.
As of Friday, Nagaland’s coronavirus tally stood at 27,713, of which 25,098 have recovered.
A total of 561 people have died in the state due to the contagion.





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World champion Asher-Smith pulls out of Olympic 200m | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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TOKYO: World 200 metres champion Dina Asher-Smith said Saturday she was pulling out of the event at the Tokyo Olympics because of a hamstring injury.
After failing to reach the Olympic 100m final, a tearful Asher-Smith told the BBC she had torn a hamstring before the Games.
“I am going to pull out, and that is the one as reigning world champion and (as) I was in such good shape you know that being Olympic champion isn’t that much of a further step,” the Briton said.
“The last few weeks of my athlete life have been absolutely insane,” she added.
The 25-year-old said she had almost pulled out of the Games before travelling to Tokyo after a first examination of her hamstring injury but a second opinion revealed there was no rupture.
“My hamstring was still attached, so we turned over every single stone to make sure I can stand on the line,” she said.
But with the 200m heats starting on Monday, she has decided not to run.
Asher-Smith, who won the 200m world title in Doha two years ago, had withdrawn from the British Grand Prix in Gateshead earlier this month, complaining of the injury.
Although she had then insisted before the Games she was fit to compete, she could only manage third place in her 100m semi-final in 11.05sec, which was not enough to progress to the final.
“Obviously I’m so disappointed not to make the final because this is Tokyo 2020, it’s everything I’ve trained for for the past two years,” she said.





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Tokyo Olympics: When Kamalpreet was throwing the discus to enter the final, Rakhi Tyagi was coaching her from Patiala | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Saturday was a pretty normal morning. The headlines across Tokyo Olympic coverage in India as usual included the famed names – PV Sindhu in the semis, Amit Panghal in the boxing ring. The two athletics events largely rested in the listicles of the day’s schedule. At 6 am, when the TV screens beamed Seema Punia, the remote controls in the hands of early-rising sports fans in India got a break. The channel surfing stopped. But it was not until a 25-year-old debutant circled inside the ring that discus throw grabbed their attention.
Appearing in her fourth Olympics, Seema’s best throw of 60.57m left her qualifying chances hanging by a thread. Archer Atanu Das took the broadcast space between the Group A and B of the discus throw qualification round. Thirty-one women were vying for 12 places in the discus final. The 15 from Group A had finished. Seema stood 6th among them, and now had to wait to know her fate. In came Kamalpreet Kaur – in Group B.

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The not-so-widely-known Kamalpreet was surrounded by big names like Cuba’s world No. 1 and 2019 world champion Yaime Perez, world No. 4 Valarie Allman of USA, world No. 5 Bin Feng from China and 12 other famed throwers in Group B.
In the end, incredibly, among the entire 31 throwers in Group A and B combined, Kamalpreet was the one of only two who could achieve the direct-qualification distance of 64 metres. The Punjab-based athlete had become only the second woman, after Krishna Poonia in 2012, to make it to the discus throw final at the Olympics.

“I had just told her to qualify, didn’t give her much of a target,” a very relaxed Rakhi Tyagi, Kamalpreet’s coach, said in her reaction when contacted by TimesofIndia.com.
Rakhi couldn’t accompany Kamalpreet to Tokyo, as her accreditation didn’t come through. She is instead conducting a camp in Patiala currently.
Before going to the stadium, Kamalpreet called her coach and said: “Ma’am aap ho nahi, mujhe akele perform karna pad raha hai, bahut pressure hai (ma’am you are not here, I have to perform alone, it creates pressure)” — Rakhi recalled the phone call from Tokyo.

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Kamalpreet registered a distance of 60.2 metre on her first attempt, much below the expectations that had risen after she broke the national record when her throw measured 65.06 metre at the Federation Cup in March this year. It booked her a ticket to Tokyo and Kamalpreet hadn’t stopped there. At the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala this June, she extended that distance to 66.59 metre.
On Saturday, coach Rakhi had her eyes on every technical detail of Kamalpreet’s first Olympic throw. After a not so impressive 60.29m, she rang up the Indian coaches sitting in the stands of the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

“I was guiding her by calling the coaches in the stands, telling them what to tell her. There was Radha sir (Radhakrishnan Prabhakaran), and (Mohinder Singh) Dhillon sir. I was talking to them and they were relaying my instructions,” said Rakhi.
“I told them that her lower body was moving a little slowly, I asked them to tell her to quicken the momentum of the lower body. I couldn’t tell them much more because the message had to be passed onto her quickly.” Rakhi further told TimesofIndia.com.
The legs, shoulders and hips do the majority of the work in discus throw. The hips, knees and ankles extend to generate power during circular motion through the back and middle of the ring, until the athlete reaches the power position at the top of the ring with speed.

Rakhi spotted the slowness in Kamalpreet’s lower body movement, got it corrected over a telephone call from Patiala to Tokyo and the second throw Kamalpreet threw measured 63.97 metre. That turned her name into a hashtag on social media. Then, she didn’t look back.
The third throw of 64.00 metre landed bang on the direct-qualification mark. A place in the August 2 final was sealed, at No. 2 among the 12 finalists. American Valarie Allman was the only other thrower to breach the direct-qualification mark with a distance of 66.42 metre.
Kamalpreet called Rakhi soon after qualifying. “Kamal told me ‘I was nervous on the first throw, wary of committing a foul. I was under pressure, but after that my confidence developed and I threw with freedom’,” Rakhi further recalled.
“I hope she doesn’t commit a foul (register an invalid throw in the final) because she tends to do that.”
Vying for a hat-trick of gold medals will be Croatia’s London 2012 and Rio 2016 champion Sandra Perkovic. She topped Group A with a throw of 63.75 metre.
To put the difficulty level of a final into perspective, Perkovic’s gold-medal winning distance in Rio was 69.21 and in London 69.11. Surely, the top athletes save their best for the last.
“She (Perkovic) is a deserving senior athlete, two-time world champion (2013 and 2017). So, of course, she will do better in the final,” said Rakhi. “But Kamal, too, will try her best to at least achieve the best she has thrown so far (in her career, 66.59m).
“I had told her to save her maximum effort for the final. At the same time, it’s difficult to hold back once you enter the circle in competition mode. But her qualification will release some pressure for the final as competing (at the Olympics for the first time) would have added to her confidence.” Rakhi told TimesofIndia.com.
Celebrations in anticipation of a historic medal have already started at Kamalpreet’s home. Technically, barring Norman Pritchard in 1900, India haven’t won an athletics medal at the Olympics. Kamalpreet has earned a shot at that, and it’s making the family nervous already.
“I have continuously been in touch with her family. People have started visiting them already with sweets. They told me ‘Rakhi, you please come over.’ They too are feeling the pressure.”
There surely will be butterflies in the stomach for both the student and the mentor for the August 2 final. And Rakhi will possibly keep the call between her and the coaches in Tokyo on through the length of the final. She certainly doesn’t want Kamalpreet to miss this crack at history.
“In the final, she should focus on herself and not bother about who is throwing what distance. Plus, what I feel is that due to a gap of 10 days, her body was moving a little slow. Whatever we were doing in training until June 23, that was slightly missing today,” said Rakhi.
“But I have told her what she needs to do.”





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