News Feed 19-Aug ‘2016

Sindhu sets up gold clash with Carolina Marin

  • The World No. 10 from Hyderabad, P.V. Sindhu has confirmed a place in the gold medal round with a 21-19, 21-10 win over Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women’s singles semifinal at the Riocentro Pavilion.
  • The 21-year-old Sindhu produced a bout of winners — a backhand winner standing out — and reeled off 11 points on the run after the two were tied 10-10 in the second game.
  • Sindhu will now play Carolina Marin, the world No 1, in the final. She had beaten Marin 21-15, 18-21, 21-17 across 72 minutes in previous year’s Denmark Open final – her first win over the Spaniard in four outings.
  • Sindhu had entered the pre-quarters with a exhausting 72-minute win over Canada’s Michelle Li 21-19, 21-15, setting up a very strong match against the world No 2 and London Olympics silver medalist Wang Yihan of China.
  • Earlier, wrestler Sakshi Malik brought an end to the two weeks of frustration, disappointment and hurt at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games when she became the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal, and only the fourth female athlete from the country to stand atop a podium at the pinnacle of world sport.

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav ousted from Olympics

  • Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been cast out from Olympics as the CAS slapped him with a four-year ban, while hearing into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s plea against the clean chit given to him in a dope scandal by NADA.
  • Narsingh’s name appeared in the official list released after he underwent the regular weigh-in. He was scheduled to take on France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round.
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA all-clear to Narsingh at CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.
  • IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta was part of the four-hour long marathon hearing. The decision marked a painful end to the distasteful controversy which began with the wrestler failing a June 25 test.
  • The 74kg category grappler grabbed the quota by asset of his bronze in Las Vegas 2015. His road to Rio was weighed down with obstacles after he was named to represent India ahead of double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar.
  • Sushil dragged Narsingh to Delhi High Court and a sour courtroom tussle followed but the judgement went in latter’s support.


Airlander 10: World’s biggest aircraft has maiden flight

  • The world’s largest aircraft completed its successful maiden voyage – its first since being revamped in the UK.
  • The 302ft-long (92-metre) Airlander 10 – part plane, part helicopter, part airship – loomed in the clouds at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire.
  • Photographers and plane spotters stood in the sun as they waited to see the aircraft, whose bulbous exterior has earned it the less-than-glamorous nickname “the flying bum”, take off.
  • First developed for the US government as a long-endurance supervision aircraft, the British firm launched a campaign to revisit the craft to the sky after it fell foul of defence cutbacks.
  • The Airlander performed one lap of the airfield before landing about half an hour later, with light fast fading and the moon visible in the sky.
  • It is about 50ft (15 metres) longer than the biggest passenger jets but its four engines appeared noticeably quieter than a plane or helicopter as it took to the skies.
  • The Airlander 10, which uses helium to become airborne, can travel at a speed of 92mph.
  • Wednesday’s flight marks the beginning of 200 hours of test flights for the 143ft-wide (44-metre) and 85ft-high (26-metre) craft, which will be able to stay airborne for about five days during manned flights.
  • HAV claims it could be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.
  • It is also hoped the Airlander 50 will eventually be developed, which would be able to transport 50 tonnes of freight.

Govt. eyes global bids for Rs 9k-cr Zojila tunnel

  • Union Government will be holding a series of road shows to attract companies to bid for the strategically important Zojila Pass tunnel meant to offer all-weather connectivity to Ladakh.
  • The government hopes to produce enough interest in the Rs 9,000 crore projects to evade any controversy arising out of a single bidder situation. So far only one company had bid for the project each time Border Roads Organisation and the road transport and highways ministry floated tenders since 2013.
  • Now NHIDCL, a fully-owned company of highways ministry, has been tasked to bid out and manage the mammoth project.
  • The plan to construct this 14 km single tube and two way tunnel was approved by the Cabinet in October 2013. According to sources, the companies want the construction period to be increased to 8-9 years against the current condition of seven years considering the region’s experiences where heavy snowfall often forces the area to remain disconnected from the rest of the country for up to six months.
  • The project will be built under annuity mode to make sure there is no delay in its completion. Designed as one of the modern tunnels with design speed of 80 kmph, this will also have a parallel escape tunnel with cross passage for both pedestrians and vehicles at regular intervals.


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