Daily Archive: August 22, 2018

Rahi Sarnobat shoots gold in Women’s 25m Pistol with Asian Games record

Rahi Sarnobat claimed India’s second gold medal in shooting at the Asian Games 2018 as she won the top prize in Women’s 25m Pistol after two rounds of shoot-off on Wednesday. She became the first Indian shooter to win an Asiad Games gold medal.

Sarnobat shot an Asian Games record score of 34 and although Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon provided tough challenge to the Indian shooter, she was able to clinch the title after two rounds of shoot-off. Sarnobat is a veteran of the sport and the 27-year old won bronze in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

In the Commonwealth Games, she has won three medals till date – gold (2010, 2014) and silver (2010). When it comes to shooting at the Asian Games 2018, India has been a force to be reckoned with and Day 4 was nothing different. Manu Bhaker confirmed her spot in the 25m Pistol final with a Games record score of 593 while Rahi Sarnobat finished seventh with the score of 580.

Bahrain halts new visas for Qataris

Dubai: Bahrain has stopped issuing new visas to Qataris, the interior ministry said late on Tuesday, in the latest salvo in a months-long feud between the energy-rich Gulf states.

The small but strategic island kingdom severed relations with Qatar in June last year at the same time as regional kingpin Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

But it had continued issuing some visas to citizens of the emirate, which lies just 40 kilometres (25 miles) away on the mainland of the Arabian Peninsula.

The ministry said only Qatari students studying in Bahrain would be exempt from the new measures, although visas already issued would remain valid.

The measures were a response to the ‘irresponsible actions of the Qatari authorities, who do not consider the rights of neighbouring countries or the principles of international law,’ the ministry said in a statement carried by the official BNA news agency.

The two sides have exchanged repeated allegations of violations of airspace or territorial waters and have launched multiple law suits through international tribunals.

Bahrain and its allies have demanded that Qatar cut its longstanding ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and take a tougher line with Shiite Iran, which they accuse of meddling in the region’s affairs.

Qatar, which is to host the finals of the next football World Cup in 2022, has insisted it has the right to conduct an independent foreign policy.

The result has been a highly fractious diplomatic and economic dispute between the Western allies that has no end in sight.

Source: AFP


New Delhi: Continuing further on their efforts to contribute towards the society under their CSR initiative ‘BIHAAN’, team VEGREX again came forward for a noble cause of donating for the flood affected people in Kerala. The donations comprised of several cartons of cereals, glucose biscuits, pulses, grains and multiple other basic food items along with medical supplies much required in the current situation in the flood hit state. The donations were handed over directly to the competent Kerala government authorities at the Kerala House located in New Delhi near Jantar Mantar.

Looking at the present scenario of the state of Kerala, the management at VEGREX started sourcing food and relief materials along with medical supplies to be sent further ahead. The condition in the state has shifted from rescue to relief with the state government doing all in its limits to bring back the state to normalcy.

Expressing her views about this activity conducted under BIHAAN and feeling content, Monaly Sinha, MD, Vegrex Communications Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are very thankful to the Government of Kerala for giving us an opportunity to serve our countrymen in a time when they need us the most. Every bit of contribution helps towards the cause and we urge everyone to support. In a time when the whole nation stands with the people of Kerala, it was our duty and moral obligation to do our part. We believe that in times of crisis, intent is what brings people closer and together. We are very happy that the donations were received very generously by the authorities who appreciated our efforts towards the cause. We will pray and hope that the state returns to its glorious self very soon and we all stand with the people of the state in these difficult times.”

Farmers agreed to hand over their land for Jewar International Airport

Farmers have agreed to hand over their land to the state after they were assured of increased compensation for their land, which will be acquired for the construction of the Jewar International Airport.

This comes after the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, BN Singh, interacted with farmers on the issue of land acquisition on Tuesday.

Singh assured the farmers of the government’s concern for them. Based on the talks, the farmers gave their consent to the state for using their land for the project.

Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government had said that they might drop the Jewar International Airport project in Gautam Budh Nagar if the farmers do not agree to hand over their land for acquisition.

The district magistrate accompanied by officials from the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) interacted with farmers at the Sarvhitkari Inter College in the Dayanatpur village.

Later, he also camped at the Nangla Chhitar and Nangla Sharif villages that have a Muslim majority population. While the farmers agreed, they demanded a mosque and a burial ground for the community after resettlement.

They also demanded an increase in the area of land that they will be provided for resettlement.

The magistrate also assured farmers that “at any cost, their land will not be acquired without their consent. But farmers have to understand that it will not only benefit them but also their future generations. It will bring better infrastructure to the area, the new business opportunity will be developed, the area will have good schools, good hospitals so farmers have to take their decision very wisely.”

Chairman of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, Prabhat Kumar had said that they had met over 100 farmers of six villages in Noida and tried to clear their doubts regarding the land acquisition last week.

“We met village heads and farmers of six villages, where land was proposed to be acquired for the project. They were given offer regarding land rates and other benefits. If they (farmers) do not agree, the airport project might be dropped,” he said.