February 23, 2018

Man forcibly tries to kiss woman commuter at Turbhe railway station in Navi Mumbai, arrested

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A 43-year-old man was on Thursday arrested in Navi Mumbai by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) after he allegedly tried to forcibly kiss a woman commuter, said media reports.

The accused, identified as Naresh Joshi, molested the woman while she was waiting to board a local train to Ghansoli for work, according to CNN-News18.

“We have registered a case under IPC section 354 (A) (sexual harassment) and are investigating the matter,” Krishna Kadam, inspector at Vashi was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.

Representational image. AFP

The entire incident was caught on CCTV camera feed, which was being monitored by an RPF team. When the team saw the accused suspiciously hanging around the station premises after molesting the woman, constables were rushed to the spot. The police then approached the victim and based on her directions traced the accused to a subway, said the Mumbai Mirror report.

In a similar incident in January, a 23-year-old man was arrested for abusing and forcibly kissing his ex-girlfriend in public on Carter road in Mumbai, Hindustan Times had reported.

The woman had said that when she was with her friends on Carter Road, the accused blocked her path and forcibly kissed her.

In another incident in the same month, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly molested on an Mumbai-bound express train. The victim had tweeted to police about her “harassment by an unidentified molester” while she was travelling in the Konark Express.

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:26 AM | Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:26 AM

Dubai Tennis Championships: Angelique Kerber cruises past Karolina Pliskova; Garbine Muguruza reaches semi-finals

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Dubai: Spaniard Garbine Muguruza reached the Dubai Championships semi-finals for the second time with a 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Caroline Garcia on Thursday, while Angelique Kerber set up a last-four clash with Elina Svitolina.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Muguruza needed more than an hour to claim the opening set over the fifth-seeded Frenchwoman, who she beat from a set down last week in Doha.

But the match went quickly compared to the second seed’s epic the night before which ended at 2 am local time.

Garbine Muguruza reacts after defeating Caroline Garcia in Dubai. AFP

“I was a little bit upset because, I had to play late and went to bed at 4 am. There’s nothing to do about that,” she said.

“Today I somehow fought with a little bit of the tiredness of yesterday. That’s it.”

Muguruza caught fire in the second set, winning 13 points in a row en route to a 4-1 lead.

The match was twice interrupted by rain, before the 24-year-old closed out the win as she broke Garcia for a third time in the set and then served it out.

“It was a very good match, especially the first set. I felt that whoever could win it,” Muguruza said. “I felt much better this match than the match we played in Doha.

“When you play a top-10 player, and you beat second time in a row, it gives you a good sign that what I’m doing is right.”

The two-time Grand Slam winner is seeking her first title since Cincinnati last August and next faces Daria Kasatkina, a winner over fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 7-6 (5), 6-1.

Kerber sets up Svitolina clash

Kerber and Svitolina will face off in the other semi-final after both raced to quick straight-sets wins.

Holder and top seed Svitolina brushed aside Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4 while German sixth seed Kerber won a rematch of the 2016 US Open final, beating Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3.

Kerber, ranked ninth after a good start to the season, claimed her 15th win of the year, pulling her level for the most on the WTA circuit with world number one Caroline Wozniacki.

“I have much more confidence than when I started the year where I actually had no idea where I was, especially after last year,” Kerber said.

“I have already so many matches under my belt, so that gives me much more match confidence.

“I’m going out there and just thinking about the next match, the next point — nothing else.”

Svitolina ended a run of two straight losses to Osaka, ranked 48th and the first Japanese quarter-finalist at the event since 2004.

“I had a couple of tough matches against her. I had to be ready for her to come back,” Svitolina said. “I had to be ready for her to raise her level.”

World number four Svitolina took control of the opening set against Osaka with a 5-0 lead.

After claiming the first set, Svitolina’s level dropped, with Osaka breaking in the second game and taking a 4-1 advantage before being reeled in.

Svitolina raced to victory with five consecutive games, closing out the win on a net cord.

“Definitely I’m happy the way I’ve been handling the pressure and tough moments,” she said.

“I had two good matches. I cannot say it was amazing tennis, but when I needed to I was stepping up and playing well.”

Published Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:25 AM | Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:25 AM

Justin Trudeau in India LIVE updates: After official welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Canada PM heads to Rajghat

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09:19 (IST)

Trudeau to head to Rajghat next

Following his official welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will move to the Rajghat next, where he will lay a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial.

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WATCH: Canada PM Justin Trudeau meets Indian delegation

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WATCH: Narendra Modi hugs Justin Trudeau, welcomes family in New Delhi 

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Visuals of Trudeau at the Guard of Honour ceremony

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WATCH: Narendra Modi welcomes Justin Trudeau at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Narendra Modi welcomes Justin Trudeau and his family at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Canadian prime minister was welcomed with a Guard of Honour, with the Canadian and Indian national anthems played in the background. This is the first engagement for the day for Trudeau’s schedule. 

08:44 (IST)

RECAP: Sushma Swaraj and her Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland discuss trade, security, investment

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08:17 (IST)

It will take combined charm of PMs to mitigate bad vibes

But those (Canada’s) linkages (with Khalistan), frowned upon by New Delhi, could have escaped too much scrutiny if those who had scheduled Trudeau’s visit had listened to India and ensured he stopped early in the National Capital for the government-to-government dialogue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Instead, they opted to have him gallivant across the country — from Agra to Ahmedabad and Mumbai to Amritsar. In that period, people noticed Modi had not welcomed him with his trademark tweet (something he eventually did on Thursday, on the eve of their meeting), and the story of the ‘snub’ went global.

As the two prime ministers finally meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi at noon, something could still be salvaged out of this magnified mess. And the relationship between India and Canada is far too significant to allow it to be reflected in the buildup to that bilateral summit. But it will take the combined charm of Trudeau and Modi to elevate the public conversation over the debris left by the disaster so far.

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08:15 (IST)

Justin Trudeau responds to Modi’s tweet, says his daughter remembers his visit well

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Modi’s meet comes a day after controversy over Khalistani leader’s invitation with Trudeau

Amid the row over the presence of Khalistani sympathisers in Canada’s Cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Jaspal Atwal should “never have received an invitation” to his event, even as India said it is ascertaining details on how the convicted militant obtained a visa.

Addressing the controversy, Trudeau said the dinner invitation to Atwal, who was once active in the International Sikh Youth Federation, was rescinded as soon as the Canadian government received the information about him, ANI reported.

07:52 (IST)

Justin Trudeau’s schedule for the day:

9 am – Official greeting ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan

9.30 am – Wreath laying ceremony at Rajghat

10.15 am – Trudeau to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

12 pm – Meet Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House

12.30 pm – Ministers of Canadian cabinet to hold expanded bilateral talks with Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House

1.15 pm – Exchange of agreements and deliver remarks with Narendra Modi

2.45 pm – Participate in a roundtable with Chief Executive Officers at Taj Diplomatic Enclave Hotel

5 pm – Meet President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan

​6.30 pm – Will hold media availability at Taj Diplomatic Enclave Hotel

07:42 (IST)

Modi reminisces 2015 meeting with Trudeau, tweets photo 

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Modi looks forward to meeting Trudeau

07:40 (IST)

Narendra Modi to meet Justin Trudeau today

With questions raised over his silence so far ever since Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s arrival in India on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening welcomed him on his visit and said that he looked forward to meeting him on Friday.

07:40 (IST)

Updates for 23 January, 2018 begin here

15:43 (IST)

‘Khalistan is the primary issue’ – Amarinder Singh, after Trudeau meet

“I raised the issue of Khalistan as it’s the primary issue, as there is money coming in from various countries including Canada that then helps create unrest in Punjab,” Singh said, according to ANI.

‘I also handed over a list of people in Canada that we think are involved in spreading ruckus in Punjab to Trudeau’, he added. 

15:36 (IST)

‘Very impressed with Canadian PM’

Speaking to ANI after a 30-minute long one-to-one with Justin Trudeau, Amarinder Singh said that he was very impressed with the Canadian prime minister. He said that a range of issues and proposals were discussed, including investment prospects in the service sector, dairy farming, agriculture and trade with the state of Punjab.

“He is very sincere and willing to work alongside Punjab. I hope he will take our talks forward,” Singh said.

15:30 (IST)

Amarinder Singh’s meet with Trudeau ends; Khalistan issue raised

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Punjab CM also meets Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan

Amarinder Singh’s meeting with Harjit Sajjan holds significance as tensions between India and Canada have continued to simmer over the Khalistan issue, especially between the Canadian government and the Punjab chief minister.

Singh, in 2017, had accused Canadian Sajjan — part of Trudeau’s delegation — of being sympathetic to the cause of Sikh separatists agitating for an independent Khalistan. According to a report in The Indian Express, Singh had even publicly refused to meet Sajjan during his 2017 trip.

14:49 (IST)

Amarinder-Trudeau meet underway 

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Trudeau arrives for his meet with Amarinder Singh

Canadian prime minister will have a one-to-one meeting with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh at Taj Hotel in Amritsar. Singh will also interact with six Canadian ministers accompanying Trudeau.

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Watch: Justin Trudeau and his family receive blessings at the Golden Temple

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‘What an honour to be so well received at such a beautiful, meaningful place’

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Trudeau at Golden Temple with family

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Trudeau with Navjot Singh Sidhu earlier at the airport

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Navjot Singh Sidhu received Trudeau at the airport

Union minister of state (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Punjab Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu received Trudeau and a delegation of Canadian ministers and MPs at the Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport at around 10.40 am.

At the airport, they were also accompanied by the Amritsar Commissioner of Police SS Srivastva and the Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, officials said.

Tight security arrangements have been made by the Punjab Police in Amritsar with over 1,500 cops being deployed in the holy city. Senior police officials including SSPs and DIGs, besides the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team, have also been deployed. — PTI

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Justin Trudeau arrives at Golden Temple

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Canadian politician interacts with law school students in Punjab

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Man in Punjab wants Trudeau to extradite his wife’s alleged killers

Sukhwinder Singh Mithu’s Canadian wife Jaswinder Kaur Jassi was allegedly killed at the behest of her mother and paternal uncle, according to Hindustan Times.

Mithu wants Trudeau to “personally intervene” to extradite both the accused to India.

“He should help in extraditing the two culprits to India to face law of the land. They have killed my love and I have been fighting for justice for 18 years. Why is Canada protecting the killers?” the report quoted Mithu as saying.

11:10 (IST)

Amarinder Singh to meet six ministers accompanying Trudeau too

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On my way to Amritsar: Amarinder Singh

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Trudeau met Shah Rukh Khan last night

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Updates begin for 21 February

19:37 (IST)

Hardeep Singh Puri, Navjot Singh Sidhu to receive Justin Trudeau at Amritsar airport


Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Punjab Local Government and Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu will receive Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport in Amritsar on Wednesday during the latter’s visit to the Sikh holy city.

Sidhu would also accompany the Canadian prime minister during the visit to the Golden Temple complex, a Punjab government spokesperson said on Tuesday. Trudeau will also visit the recently inaugurated Partition Museum.

Sidhu will accompany Trudeau during the visit to both places.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is expected to meet Trudeau at a hotel in Amritsar during the visit. “The Punjab government accords full importance to the ties it has with the Government of Canada and is committed wholeheartedly to further strengthen the mutual co-operation between the two governments,” the spokesperson said. — IANS

19:35 (IST)

Recap: Trudeau says India Inc to invest $1 billion, create 5,000 new jobs in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said corporate India has committed $1 billion worth of investments in his country, which will create over 5,000 jobs.

Trudeau made the announcement after meetings with industry leaders including Tata Group chairman N Chandrasekaran; Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla; Mahindra group chief Anand Mahindra; Salil Parikh of Infosys, and Cyrus Mistry of the Pallonjee Mistry group, among others.

The Canadian premier also had a 90-minute roundtable with women business leaders including ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar and Swati Piramal of the Piramal Group, among others at the iconic Taj Mahal hotel. —PTI

17:51 (IST)

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau says education is the key to ending gender inequality

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, a mother of three, said education is the key to ending gender inequality. “You are engaged in the process and you must continue… education is the key in this process,” she said, adding the fight against gender inequality has achieved initial success but a lot remains to be done.

During her 17-minute-long speech at Sophia College for Women in South Mumbai, she praised the diversity in India, saying, “India is a wonderful and vibrant country, besides being a beacon of diversity and innovation. And you all can continue to serve as an example to the world of how a nation can be so diverse but also so compassionate.”

To a query by a student on how Canada is addressing the issue of gender inequality, she said her government is committed to bringing equality in all sectors. “The government of Canada is committed to upholding gender equality in all sectors. There is an equal number of males and females in the Cabinet and girls were doing a good job in education and academics,” she said. —PTI

17:48 (IST)

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau calls for ending gender inequality

The wife of visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called for an end to gender disparity, saying the world has suffered a lot due to inequality between men and women.

All sections of the society should “stand up together” to eliminate gender disparity from the world, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said at Sophia College for Women in South Mumbai.

“Misconceptions have led to many sufferings. It is a misogynist belief that girls are lesser than boys. “Being able to acknowledge the true value of women is not a sign of weakness, but strength. A man has full potential to become strong, courageous and fearless but (he) also has the same potential to become tender and compassionate,” she said.

The fight for eliminating inequality does not mean pitting one gender against the other, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said, adding “rather men are our allies.” The 42-year-old former television host and women’s rights activist is accompanying her husband on his eight-day visit to India. —PTI

17:33 (IST)

Amarinder Singh confirms meeting with Justin Trudeau, says he looks forward to meeting the Canadian prime minister in Amritsar 

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Visuals of Justin Trudeau holding a discussion with women entrepreneurs and business leaders in Mumbai

17:14 (IST)

Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau had an interaction with youngsters and women’s rights activists at Sophia College 

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau reportedly held discussions on domestic and gender-based violence at Sophia College in Mumbai. Activist Trisha Shetty commended Sophie for her discussions on equality. 

16:52 (IST)

Visuals of Chanda Kochhar’s discussion with Justin Trudeau in Mumbai 

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau meets Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai

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Our greatest resource is our people, says Trudeau 

“One thing people think about Canada is the natural resources. Canada is a great opportunity for high-quality natural resources done responsibly. But our greatest resource is our people,” Trudeau said about the demography in Canada. 

“We’re showing that investing in the right places is important. We are investing in superclusters which will let you network with the right individuals and create multiplier effects on innovation and growth,” he added.  

16:36 (IST)

India’s High Commissioner to Canada Vikas Swarup tweets about Trudeau’s discussion at the India-Canada business forum in Mumbai 

16:27 (IST)

Want more young people to take advantage of our Canadian universities: Trudeau

“There are threats in the form of artificial intelligence (AI) and the global supply chain. But we want more young people to take advantage of our universities,” Trudeau said in relation to his discussion on immigration. “We are leading in the fields of AI, automation and self-driving cars. We have decided that we want to be part of the future and I see similar implementation in India, which is exciting,” he added.  

16:23 (IST)

“I am very lucky that I was a teacher, for me, it’s all about curiosity. It is a tremendous opportunity to be here to continue to grow Indo-Canadian relations, and it is a pleasure for me to be here and share it with my family as well,” Justin Trudeau says about his India visit, ANI reports

16:17 (IST)

At a time when the world is turning away from trade, we are proud to be signing trade agreements, Trudeau says

When Kochhar asked Trudeau’s thoughts on trade agreements, he said, “I worry about the impact of trade on globalisation. At a time when the world is turning away from trade, we are proud to be signing trade agreements. We know that trade leads to growth. But if we’re are able to keep public support for the trade agreements. We ensure that small traders get benefits for these trade deals.”

He also emphasised the ease of doing business in Canada, “Companies can get visas within two weeks. Openness to international talent is a positive advantage in the world trade.” 

“Same goes for immigration,” he added. “Canada is opening up for immigration. One complaint we get is that we are not getting enough immigration,” Trudeau said about Canada’s stance on immigration. 

16:10 (IST)

India should lead the way to promote diversity and living harmoniously, says Trudeau 

“I want to share the beautiful diversity of India,” Trudeau commended the diversity of the nation. “I wanted to highlight the extraordinary diversity in India to my kids. One of the things that I really wanted to show to my kids is the extraordinary diversity of India, being able to go to a mandir, to the Golden Temple, to a mosque  and then to other places, this highlights the diversity and pluralism of India, which isn’t without its challenges,” he added.  

“It has an important impact on society, but it isn’t without its challenges,” he reiterated. “India should be leading the way on diversity and living harmoniously,” Trudeau said. 

16:05 (IST)

You can see the potential emerging in India, Trudeau says at the India-Canada business forum in Mumbai 

Trudeau spoke of how different his experience in India was this time as compared to his visit to the nation 35 years ago. “Seeing the Taj Mahal through the eyes of my kids was very interesting. You see the potential here, you see the activity going on here…There’s an important evolution going on here,” he said about the changes in the country 

16:02 (IST)

People-to-people interactions between India and Canada are crucial, says Trudeau 

When Kochhar asked Trudeau about trade between the two nations, Trudeau said business is important for him, but the connection between people is just as important. “I think people-to-people interaction is more important. We have 125 thousand Indian students In Canada. If we focus on people to people connections, then those kinds of synergies are more important for me,” the Canadian prime minister said. 

Latest update. 9.23 am: Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will now head to the Rajghat to participate in a wreath laying ceremony following his official welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed his Canadian counterpart and his family in New Delhi.

With questions raised over his silence so far ever since Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s arrival in India on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening welcomed him on his visit and said that he looked forward to meeting him on Friday.

“I look forward to meeting PM @JustinTrudeau tomorrow and holding talks on further strengthening India-Canada relations in all spheres,” Modi tweeted.

“I appreciate his deep commitment to ties between our two countries,” he said. In a separate tweet, Modi said that he hoped Trudeau had an enjoyable visit to India so far and that he particularly looked forward to meeting Trudeau’s three children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien. He also posted a picture of him along with Trudeau and Ella-Grace during his visit to Canada in April 2015.

Modi’s comments came even as a row broke out about an invitation being extended to convicted Khalistan separatist Jaspal Atwal by the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi for a reception on Thursday night in honour of the visiting dignitary.

Justin Trudeau at a Q and A session in IIM Ahmedabad. Twitter@IIMAhmedabad

Justin Trudeau at a Q and A session in IIM Ahmedabad. Twitter@IIMAhmedabad

The High Commission has since rescinded the invitation and the Indian external affairs ministry has said that it is being ascertained how India issued a visa to Atwal.

In 1987, Atwal and three others were found guilty of the attempted assassination of a Punjab state minister who was on a visit to Canada the previous year and were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The incident was the latest to happen amid wide speculation of Modi and his government cold-shouldering Trudeau during his eight-day state visit to India that started on 17 February. The visiting dignitary and his family have since visited Agra, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Amritsar.

While Modi did not accompany Trudeau to Ahmedabad, a meeting with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh at Amritsar on Wednesday was organised only at the last moment.

Ties between New Delhi and Ottawa have been frosty in recent times as Canada is being seen as offering a platform to separatists demanding an independent Khalistan.

The visit of Trudeau, who assumed office in November 2015, comes after the visit of Modi to Canada in April that year.

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:23 AM | Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:27 AM

Swiss Open: RMV Gurusaidutt beats compatriot Sourabh Verma; second seed Sameer enters quarter-finals

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Basel: Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt and 2017 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner Sameer Verma entered the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open World Super 300 tournament after registering contrasting wins in men’s singles on Thursday.

File image of Sameer Verma. News18

On a comeback trail after recovering from an ankle injury, Gurusaidutt defeated compatriot Sourabh Verma 21-18 21-14, while second seed Sameer eked out a 11-21 21-18 21-16 win over Japan’s Yu Igarashi in another match.

Guru faces Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen, while Sameer takes on Japan’s Kento Momota next.

Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka, however, suffered an 8-21 13-21 loss to second-seeded Japanese Minatsu Mitani.

Last night, men’s doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok defeated Chinese Taipei’s Po Li-Wei and Yang Ming-Tse 21-17 14-21 21-15 to reach the second round.

But Anura Prabhudesai lost 12-21 12-21 to top-seeded Japanese Sayaka Takahashi to bow out.

Published Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:18 AM | Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:18 AM

Class 11 student beheaded in Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur; arrested accused had been stalking girl for years

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A female Class XI student was hacked to death in Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur on Thursday, said media reports. The assailant had attacked the girl with a sword outside her school.

According to The Times of India, the attacker had been stalking the victim, Pooja Panika for years.

Panika was going to school around 12.30 pm when the accused ran up to her and attacked her.

The only eyewitness in the incident is a retired teacher who sounded the alarm. Soon after the incident, the police also arrested the suspect — Dilip Sahu — from his residence on the basis of statements given by Panika’s family.

The fact that the incident happened in broad daylight has shaken up the area which has resulted in the Superintendent of Police monitoring the probe, reported ABP News.

Published Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:17 AM | Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 09:17 AM

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