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Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 1, Live: Weightlifters put India on top of medals tally

first_imgIndia had a good opening day at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast with weightlifters Mirabai Chanu and Gururaj bagging a gold medal and a silver medal, respectively.Apart from the medals, India’s strong badminton contingent trounced Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Mixed Team Event while both the men’s and women’s table tennis teams reached the knockout stages.In squash, Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa and Vikram Malhotra advanced the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s and men’s singles.India saw a shock defeat in women’s hockey against Wales while Indian men and women also lost in basketball against Cameroon and Jamaica, respectively.Highlights:17.26 IST: Basketball – Cameron beat India 87-96 in the Men’s Preliminary Round Pool B17.16 IST: India trounce Pakistan 5-0 in the second match of the Mixed Team Badminton event after Ashwini Ponappa and Ruthvika Gadde beat Mahoor Shahzad and Palwasha Bashir 21-6, 21-10 in the women’s doubles.16.54 IST: Badminton – India take 4-0 lead against Pakistan in Mixed Team Group Play Stage as Pranaav Chopra and Chirag Shetty beat Muhammad Irfan Bhatti and Murad Ali 21-9, 21-15 in the fourth match in Group A.16.47 IST: Squash – India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu loses to Ivan Yuen of Malaysia 8-11, 6-11, 1-11 in men’s singles round of 32.16.46 IST: Basketball – India beat Cameroon 70-54 in Men’s Prelimnary Round Pool B16.37 IST: Weightlifting – India’s Raja Muthupandi misses out on a podium place after finishing 6th in Men’s 62kg Final.16.34 IST: Swimming – Virdhawal Khade could not advance for the next phase after finishing 8th in men’s 50m butterfly semi-final 2. Srihari Nataraj also failed after finishing 8th in men’s 100m semi-final 2.advertisement16.20 IST: Badminton – Saina Nehwal beats Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad 21-7, 21-11. India lead Pakistan 3-0 in Mixed Team Group play stageDay one of #GC2018 has been full of triumphs and we can’t wait to see what the swimming finals will bring later tonight! Medal tally accurate as of 8.40pm AEST, view the live tally here https://t.co/yq32OB93PV #SHARETHEDREAM pic.twitter.com/wf93Mokvh2Gold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) April 5, 201815.55 IST: Jamaica beat India 66-57 in women’s prelimnary round Pool B in basketball15.45 IST: Boxing – India’s Manoj Kumar defeats Osita Umeh of Nigeria in the men’s 69kg round of 32 bout. Meanwhile -Shot putter Tejinder Toor during a practice session, he will begin his @GC2018 #ShareTheDream journey on #Sunday 8th April, #Commonwealth2018 #gc2018 To follow Indian Athletics team click- https://t.co/tMctnVdJPO pic.twitter.com/KGNodV1a5jAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 5, 201815.43 IST: Highlights on day one of the Commonwealth Games on ThursdayHOME FAVOURITE HORTON SEALS FREESTYLE SWIMMING GOLDAustralian Olympic champion Mack Horton won the men’s 400m freestyle gold at the Games with compatriot Jack McLoughlin taking silver and England’s James Guy winning the bronze medal.AUSTRALIA BEAT NEW ZEALAND TO WIN CYCLING GOLDHosts Australia won the gold medal at the women’s 4000m team pursuit event as they set a new Games record of 4 minutes and 15.214 seconds to register a dominant win against New Zealand.Canada clinched bronze after beating England.ENGLAND’S WILLMOTT EDGES OUT MILEY FOR 400M SWIMMING GOLDEngland’s Aimee Willmott beat out rival Hannah Miley, of Scotland, to win the women’s 400m individual medley after blitzing the final 50m to record a time of 4 minutes and 34.90 seconds.Miley was aiming to be the first Scottish athlete to win gold medals at three consecutive Games after triumphing in 2010 and 2014.Home favourite Blair Evans clinched the bronze medal with a time of 4 minutes and 38.23 seconds.GEMILI SPURRED ON BY TOTTENHAM’S KANEEnglish sprinter Adam Gemili, the 2014 Glasgow Games 100 metres silver medalist, revealed he was taken by surprise when Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane visited his training camp in Barcelona last year.AUSTRALIA FASTEST IN TEAM PURSUIT QUALIFIERSAustralia wrapped up top spot in the women’s 4,000m team pursuit qualifiers and will take on New Zealand in the gold medal race later on Thursday.Canada and England will face off for the bronze medal.BROWNLEE SAYS WASN’T FIT ENOUGH TO CHALLENGEEngland’s Jonny Brownlee, the silver medallist in Glasgow in 2014 and at the Rio Olympics, says fitness was a major factor in his seventh-placed finish in the triathlon.SCHOEMAN BAGS TRIATHLON GOLDHenri Schoeman wins South Africa’s first ever gold medal in triathlon at the Commonwealth.Jacob Birtwhistle claims silver for Australia, while Scot Marc Austin takes bronze.15.39 IST: Kidambi Srikanth beats Murad Ali of Pakistan 21-16, 22-20 in badminton men’s singles Group A15.31 IST: Meanwhile, England and Australia have toppled India to the first and second, respectively. England have three gold, three silver medals and three bronze while Australia have one gold, two silver and one bronze. India have been pushed to the third spot with one gold and one silver.advertisement15.20 IST: Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth has taken the first game against Pakistan’s Murad Ali 21-16. Earlier, Satwik and Sikki Reddy beat Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti and Palwasha Bashir 21-10, 21-13 in mixed doubles.15.15 IST: India defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 in the men’s team table tennis Group 1 Match 2 in just three games.Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Ashley Robinson 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 Achanta Sharath Kamal defeated Paul McCreerey 11-6, 11-8, 11-4Harmeet Desai and Gnanasekaran won 11-2, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7 against Zal Wilson and McCreerey.15.10 IST: Vikram Malhotra advanced to pre-quarter-finals of men’s singles in squash after an 11-4, 11-3, 11-0 win over Mauritius’ Xavier Koenig.14.50 IST: Meanwhile in squash, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa have both advanced to the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals.14.50 IST: Weightlifter Raja Muthupandi is the next Indian in focus at the Games as he is competing in the men’s 62kg final event.13.40 IST: India take unbeatable 3-1 lead against Wales in Table Tennis after Madhurika Patkar’s win over Chloe Thomas in the fourth match.13.19 IST: Earlier in the day, the Indian women’s cycling team failed to qualify in the track 4,000 metre Team Pursuit event. The India team with Deborah Herold, Amritha Reghunath, Sonali Chanu, Aleena Reji and Monorama Devi finished fifth in 5:05.668 seconds. Australia and New Zealand will fight for gold in the event.13.15 IST: Squash – Vikram Malhotra beat Manda Chilambwe 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 in men’s singles Round of 64.12.55 IST: Meanwhile in Lawn Bowls, India trail Malaysia 7-24 in their Men’s Pairs Sectional Play Match 2 (Section D, Round 1). Alok Lakra and Krishna Xalxo are fighting for India’s cause in the event.12.30 IST: Table Tennis – Mouma Das puts India 2-0 ahead against Wales after registering a 12-10, 11-7, 11-7 win over Chloe Thomas in the second match12.03 IST: Table Tennis – Manika Batra beats Charlotte Carey 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4 to give India 1-0 lead against Wales in Women’s Team Group 2 Match 211.26 IST: GOLD! Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (women’s 48kg final) wins first gold medal for India in Gold Coast. Haha…Literally! #GC2018 #GC2018weightlifting @GC2018Totally in awe of your efforts, performance and grace #MirabaiChanu #TeamIndia #Champion @weightliftingIN https://t.co/W4ZcRK3E05IOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 5, 2018Chanu’s best lift in Snatch was 86kg while in Clean & Jerk she lifted a best of 110kg to bag the gold medal with a total of 196kg.Sheer World Class performance by our #Champion #MirabaiChanu in the #gc2018weightlifting Women’s 48kg Finals breaking all records lose in every lift attempt. Well done #TeamMauritius #TeamSriLanka#Proud moment for #TeamIndia #GC2018 @WeightliftingIN @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/bSSSXU531SIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 5, 2018Chanu’s 86kg lift in Snatch and 110kg in Clean & Jerk saw her set a new Commonwealth Games record and Commonwealth record.Outstanding! Massive congrats to #MirabaiChanu who has claimed India’s first gold at #GC2018! #GC2018weightlifting #SHARETHEDREAM https://t.co/mILY2bVuYiadvertisementGold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) April 5, 2018All six of her attempts were successful. She lifted 80kg, 84kg and 86kg in Snatch while in Clean & Jerk she lifted 103kg, 107kg and 110kg Mirabai Chanu smashed the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth record in Snatch and Clean & Jerk (AP Photo)10.35 IST: Women’s Weightlifting 48kg – Mirabai Chanu sets a new Commonwealth Games Record and a Commonwealth Record with a 86kg lift in snatch10.34 IST: England lead South Africa 2-0 in women’s hockey in Pool A10.10 IST: India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu beats Cameron Stafford of Cayman Islands 11-3, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 in squash men’s singles round of 6410.06 IST: Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 1: Medals Tally10.06 IST: Meanwhile, South Africa have their first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games as Henri Schoeman the men’s triathlon with a time of 52:31 at the Gold Coast10.01 IST: Sandhu goes back into the lead by winning the third game9.51 IST: Stafford fights back to take the second game 13-11.9.44 IST: Sandhu seems to be tiring in the second game and is trailing 9-89.39 IST: Harinder Pal Sandhu takes the first game 11-39.37 IST: Harinder Pal leads Stafford 7-3 in the first game9.28 IST: Up next for India at CWG 2018 – Harinder Pal Sandhu will take on Cameron Stafford from Cayman Islands in squash men’s singles round of 64 8.50 IST: BIG BLOW FOR AUSTRALIA! World champion 100m hurdler Sally Pearson has been forced to withdraw from her home Commonwealth Games as she battles an Achilles injury.IN FOCUS | “Gutted, absolutely gutted. There was a lot of tears flowing. I guess you could call it grief,” #GC2018 Ambassador @sallypearson on her decision.Read: https://t.co/RNDA6xwF4z pic.twitter.com/N3QLsPUudUGold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) April 5, 20188.40 IST: India outclass Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in Men’s Team Table Tennis event. Results – Amalraj Anthony beat Dexter ST. Louis 11-5, 3-11, 11-2, 14-12Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Aaron Wilson 11-5, 11-5, 11-4Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Yuvraaj Dookram and Aaron Wilson in doubles match 11-9, 11-4, 11-48.20 IST: Ponappa and Sikki Reddy beat Thilini Pramodika and Kavidi Sirimannage 21-12, 21-14 to advance in women’s doubles badminton second round. 08.05 IST: Ponappa and Sikki Reddy lead Hendahewa and Sirimannage 15-10 in women’s doubles of badminton.#GC2018Badminton #gc2018 #TeamIndia’s NSaina has beaten #MadushikaDilrukshiBeruwelage 21-8 21-4 in Women’s Singles in Group event against #SriLanka@P9Ashwini & @sikkireddy in advantage against #Hendahewa & #Sirimannage in Women’s Doubles! @BAI_Media @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/7jKmEim8xwIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 5, 201807.54 IST: Ponappa and Sikki Reddy takes the first game 21-12 versus Hendahewa and Sirimannage in women’s doubles of badminton.07.45 IST: Katherine Rednall leading Pinki 5-3 Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls while India lead Papua New Guinea 2-0 Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A, Round 2 in Lawn Bowls.07.40 IST: Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy will now take on Sri Lanka’s Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Kavidi Sirimannage in women’s doubles of badminton. India lead the tie 4-0.07.32 IST: Gururaja bags silver in Weightlifting in the 56kg category. He wins India’s first medal of this year’s Commonwealth Games. He came second to Malaysia’s Izhar Ahmad, who lifted 261kg (CWG record). Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal cmae third with a lift of 248kg in the 56kg category. #GC2018Weightlifting #GC2018The mighty GURURAJA comes in 2nd winning #TeamIndia its first #Medal at the @GC2018 lifting total weight of 249kg in the Men’s 56kg event! #Congratulations #TeamMalaysia & #TeamSriLanka @WeightliftingIN @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/qgH7Aam0lsIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 5, 201807.31 IST: Saina Nehwal has beaten Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-8 21-4 in women’s singles07.28 IST: Gururaja picks up 138kg in clean and jerk. He is now in second position with a total of 249 kg and can bag a silver.07.23 IST: Gururaja struggles to pick up 138kg. A long way back now for him in the 56kg weightlifting category.07.20 IST: Saina takes first game 21-8 versus Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage in women’s singles07.17 IST: Saina Nehwal leading Sri Lanka’s Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 13-8 in women’s singles07.14: Can Gururaja bag India’s first medal of this year’s Commonwealth Games? He has a tough task ahead of him.07.01 IST: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chiraag Shetty beat Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratne and Buwaneka Goonethilekka 21-17 21-14 in men’s doubles badminton. India win 3-0.07.00 IST: India lead Sri Lanka 18-12 in the second game of men’s doubles badminton06.54 IST: Satwik and Chiraag take 11-8 lead in the second game in men’s doubles badminton versus Sri Lanka.06.51 IST: New Zealand’s Jo Edwards beat Pinki 20-16 in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls. Wales got the better of India 23-9 in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.06.47 IST: Wales beat India 3-2 in the womens hockey Pool A match.06.43 IST: Satwik and Chiraag take first game 21-17 in men’s doubles badminton versus Sri Lanka.06.44 IST: New Zealand’s Jo Edwards leading Pinki 20-15 in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls. Wales are 23-9 versus India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.06.35 IST: Wales have taken the lead again. It’s 3-2 now in women’s hockey.06.34 IST: Satwik and Chiraag lead 11-7 in the first game versus Dinuka and Goonethilekka in men’s doubles badminton.06.32 IST: It’s 2-2 at the end of third quarter between India and Wales in women’s hockey. Can they pull off a strong display and win the match?06.30 IST: New Zealand’s Jo Edwards leading Pinki 18-15 in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls.06.26 IST: Satwik Ranikreddy and Chiraag Shetty will now go head-to-head with Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratne and Buwaneka Goonethilekka in men’s doubles badminton.06.25 IST: Gururaja manages 111kg snatch, having entered at 107kg. He will need to put in a big effort in clean and jerk to go for anything better than bronze in weightlifting (56kg) at CWG 2018. He sits behind Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa and Chaturanga Lakmal.06.20 IST: Srikanth beats Sri Lanaka’s Karunaratne 21-16, 21-10 in Men’s Singles badminton. India lead the Lankans 2-0 now.06.19 IST: Malaysia’s Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa. Izhar Ahmad lifts 138kg in snatch in weightlifting (56kgs). It is a new record in the Commonwealth Games. Previous best was 137kg.A whole lotta for the crowd at the weightlifting. #7CommGames #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/IDbjQuH4PW7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 5, 201806.17 IST: Srikanth is now 16-10 up versus Karunaratne in Men’s Singles badminton.06.15 IST: Meanwhile, its 16-13 to New Zealand’s Edwards versus Pinki in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls. Wales are 20-7 versus India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.06.14 IST: Gururaja lifts 111kg in his second snatch in weightlifting 56 kg.06.13 IST: It’s 2-2 now. Another comeback from India. This time in hockey.06.12 IST: Srikanth takes a 11-8 lead in the second game versus Karunaratne in Men’s Singles badminton.06.12 IST: Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Hansani Kapugeekiyana Ishara Manikku Badu 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 in the Women’s doubles Table Tennis. India beat Sri Lanka 3-0.06.07 IST: Srikanth trailing in the second game versus Karunaratne in Men’s Singles badminton. It’s 3-5 to the Lankan now.06.04 IST: Gururaja scores 107 kg in his first attempt at snatch in weightlifting.06.03 IS: India have got one back now. It’s 2-1 versus Wales in women’s hockey Pool A match. Poonam Rani the scorer.06.00 IST: Kidambi Srikanth takes first game 21-16 versus Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne in Men’s Singles badminton.05.59 IST: Wales also lead India 2-0 in women’s hockey Pool A match.05.58 IST: 14-8 to Edwards in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls vs India’s Pinki. Wales are 20-5 versus India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.05.56 IST: Srikanth leading 18-12 against Karunaratne in the first game.05.55 IST: Manika Batra has beaten Sri Lanka’s Erandi Warusawithana 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 in Women’s Team Table Tennis. Sutirtha Mukherjee defeated Ishara Manikku Badu 11-5, 11-8, 11-4.05.51 IST: Srikanth takes a 11-8 lead in the first game.05.49 IST: Table-tennis has also started. India play Sri Lanka there as well.Hypnotic. #7CommGames #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/h1RP2rnl1O7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 4, 201805.46 IST: 12-8 to Edwards in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls vs India’s Pinki. Wales are 17-5 versus India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.05.44 IST: The men’s 56kg class weightlifting competition has begun. India’s Gururaja will have to bring his A-game to challenge Malaysian Azroy Hazal Wafie Izhar Ahmad and Sri Lanka’s Chaturanga Lakmal Jayasooriya.05.38 IST: Kidambi Srikanth to take the court now. He will go up against Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne05.37 IST: Wales now 2-0 ahead versus India at the end of the first quarter in the women’s hockey Pool A match.05.35 IST: New Zealand’s Edwards is now 10-6 head against Pinki in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls while it’s 13-3 for Wales versus India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.05.32 IST: India’s Pranaav Chopra and Ruthvika Gadde beat Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa 21-15, 19-21, 22-20 to give India a winning start in mixed team group play stage in badminton.05.30 IST: 20-19 to Sri Lanka now. A major upset on the cards.05.27 IST: India have the lead now. It’s 17-16.05.25 IST: Tense moments there for India. They trail 14-15 and the Sri Lankans are putting up a spirited performance here.05.23 IST: New Zealand’s Edwards leads 9-5 versus Pinki now in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls while it’s 11-2 for Wales versus India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.05.22 IST: Meanwhile, Wales have managed to take an early lead against India in the women’s hockey Pool A match. Bad defending that from the Indians.05.21 IST: India’s Pranaav and Ruthvika lead 11-10 in the third and final game of the mixed team group play stage in Badminton.05.16 IST: It’s 5-5 now between India and Sri Lanka in mixed team group play stage in Badminton.05.15 IST: Edwards has taken a 6-5 lead versus Pinki now in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls while it’s 10-2 for Wales versus India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.05.13 IST: So, the final game underway now.05.10 IST: The Sri Lankans, ranked 419th in the world have taken the second game 21-19 versus world No. 24 India in mixed team group play stage in Badminton. But a fantastic comeback from the Indians to reach 19 points.05.09 IST: 20-19 to Sri Lanka now in the second game. What a match going on.05.09 IST: What a comeback! Pranaav and Ruthvika come back from being 11-18 down to win it 21-18 in mixed team group play stage in Badminton.05.06 IST: Brilliant from Pranaav and Ruthvika. They are making a strong comeback now. It’s 16-18 now.05.06 IST: Wales are now 10-1 ahead against India in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.05.03 IST: It’s 4-4 now between Pinki and New Zealand’s Edwards in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls.05.00 IST: Sri Lanka lead India 11-7 in the second game in mixed team group play stage in Badminton.04.58 IST: India have finally taken a point in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls. It’s 5-1 to Wales now.04.56 IST: Meanwhile, Pranaav and Ruthvika are trailing 5-9 to Sri Lanka in the second game in mixed team group play stage in Badminton.04.55 IST: Pinki now leads 4-2 n Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls.04.51 IST: Wales are all over India now. They have taken a 5-0 lead in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A in Lawn Bowls.04.50 IST: Pranaav and Ruthvika take first game 21-15.04.49 IST: Pinki has now taken a 3-2 lead in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls.04.47 IST: It’s 18-13 for India in mixed team group play stage in Badminton.04.45 IST: Jo Edwards now leads Pinki 2-1 in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D in Lawn Bowls.04:41 IST: India lead 11-8 in the first game in badminton04:39 IST: Meanwhile, Wales lead India 3-0 in Men’s Triples Sectional Play – Section A while it’s 1-1 between India’s Pinki and New Zealand’s Jo Edwards in Women’s Singles Sectional Play – Section D04:30 IST: To begin with, we have Pranaav Chopra and Ruthvika Gadde take on Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa in mixed team group play stage in Badminton.04:15 IST: In lawn bowling, India’s Pinki will be up against New Zealand’s Jo Edwards in the women’s singles. The Indian men’s triples team will take on Wales.04:10 IST: First up, we have the badminton mixed-team event, where India will play Sri Lanka. PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy will sit out the tie, but Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will playing.India are the top seeds in the mixed-team event and have been drawn in Group A along with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Scotland.Brief Preview:With a massive 222-member contingent, India will aim to showcase their status as a rising sports power with an expected rich medal haul at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.India had collected 64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver, 19 bronze) in the previous CWG held in Glasgow and the country will expect to better that performance at Gold Coast. Getting 101 medals in the New Delhi remains a tipping point for India in the CWG but since that took place at home, that mark will be lofty for the Indian contingent.2018 Commonwealth Games off to colourful start as Australia showcase inclusivenessThe bulk of India’s medals in the past editions of the CWG have come from shooters, wrestlers, weightlifters and boxers and this time competitors under these four disciplines will look to continue their impressive record.Snapshots from Gold Coast: PV Sindhu leads India’s march at CWG 2018 opening ceremonyAfter them, disciplines like squash, badminton and athletics will look to get to the top of the podium. Moreover, surprising performances in gymnastics and cycling are also expected.Following is India’s schedule on Day 1 of competitions at the 21st Commonwealth Games here:BADMINTON:Mixed Team Group Play Stage – Group AIndia vs Sri Lanka (9am Local Time)India vs Pakistan (7pm Local Time)HOCKEY:Women’s Pool AIndia vs Wales (9:30am Local Time)WEIGHTLIFTING:Men’s 56kg Final (9:40am Local Time)Women’s 48kg Final (2:15pm local Time)Men’s 62kg Final (6:40pm Local Time)BOXING:Men’s Preliminary Round of 32Manoj Kumar vs Osita Umeh (Nigeria) (8pm Local Time)SQUASH:Women’s Singles Round of 32:Dipika Pallikal vs Charlotte Knaggs (Trinidad and Tobago) (8pm Local Time)Joshna Chinnappa vs Lynette Vai (Papua New Guinea) (6:40pm Local time)Saurav Ghosal vs To be Decided (1:30pm Local Time) Harinder Pal Sandhu vs Cameron Stafford (Cayman Islands) (1:50pm Local Time)Vikram Malhotra vs Manda Chilambwe (Zambia) (3:10pm Local Time)CYCLING:Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit Qualifying (2:42pm Local Time)Women’s and Men’s Team Sprint Qualifying (420pm onwards Local Time)TABLE TENNIS:Women’s Team Group 2:India vs Vanautu (9:30 am Local Time)India vs Fiji (4pm Local Time)Men’s Team Group 1: India vs Trinidad and Tobago (12noon Local Time) India vs Northern Ireland (6:30pm Local Time)BASKETBALL:Women’s Preliminary Pool B: India vs Jamaica (6.30pm Local Time)GYMNASTICS:Men’s Team Qualifying and Final (9am onwards Local Time)LAWN BOWLS:Women’s singles (9am onwards Local Time)Men’s Triples (12 noon onwards Local Time)Women’s Fours (4pm onwards Local Time).last_img read more

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HOUSE REPUBLICANS PULL FEDERAL HEALTH CARE REPEAL EFFORT

first_imgSpeaker Paul Ryan abruptly pulled the Republicans’ troubled health care overhaul off the House floor before it’s scheduled 3pm vote Friday.The decision is a setback for President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders.The bill had appeared all but certain to be defeated Friday.Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King has long campaigned for the repeal of  former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.King spoke on the House floor earlier Friday in hopes of getting that repeal:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/KING-HC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………ONE DAY. ;21The measure has been a top GOP priority and was the party’s first major legislative effort since it took control of both the White House and Congress in January.last_img read more

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Vine: Kansas State Star Receiver Tyler Lockett Made A Defender Look Silly During Senior Bowl Practice

first_imgGeneral view of Wagner Field.30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportThis year’s NFL Draft features a number of standout wide receivers, including Kansas State star Tyler Lockett. The Wildcat star caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and is showing off some of the skills that led to that remarkable season during Senior Bowl practices this week. Northwestern State cornerback Imoan Claiborne got the worst of it during today’s practice. CBS Sports projects Lockett as a second or third rounder. He can certainly help himself with a big week in Mobile in front of the many scouts at this week’s Senior Bowl.[@JoeGoodberry]last_img read more

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BC Hydro cancels rate hike for 2018 government to conduct review

first_imgVICTORIA – A three per cent hike in hydro rates in British Columbia scheduled for next year has been put on hold.Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says the government is keeping its promise to freeze rates that have climbed more than 24 per cent over the last four years.BC Hydro had applied to the province’s utilities commission in 2016 to increase rates by three per cent annually over three years, but Mungall says the Crown corporation is now pulling back its request.She says the province will conduct a review of BC Hydro to find cost savings that could help keep rates low.The review will take place after the NDP government reaches a decision on whether to proceed with or cancel the $8.3 billion Site C hydroelectric dam project.Mungall says any adjustments to hydro rates that result from the review will be implemented in April 2019.last_img read more

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Auditor No clear strategy for improving broadband access in rural remote areas

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s auditor general says the government hasn’t established a clear national strategy that sets out the costs and timelines for bringing broadband access in rural and remote areas up to the national minimum standard.The auditor general’s fall report says officials in the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development estimated it might cost $6.5 billion to provide all parts of Canada with at least the minimum standard.The report says, among other things, that the lack of a national strategy had hampered the implementation of the Liberal government’s Connect to Innovate program, which allocated $500 million over five years starting in 2016. It says ISED has been slow to inform stakeholders about when backbone network infrastructure funded by the program will be available to them and what they would be charged for access.It adds that only three contracts had been signed under the program as of June 2018, due to delays in the department’s process for completing due diligence on project applications.In its response, ISED said it agreed with the report and began a consultation in June to establish a national digital and data strategy that includes broadband connectivity. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Cambodias biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity

first_imgPHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s largest hydropower project has begun producing electricity as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to support a jump-start to industrial expansion.Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday inaugurated the 400-megawatt Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in the northeastern province of Stung Treng.It was built over four years at a cost of nearly $800 million and is a joint venture of China’s Hydrolancang International Energy with a 51 per cent stake, Cambodia’s Royal Group with 39 per cent and Vietnam’s EVN International with 10 per cent. Ownership will be handed over to the government after 40 years.Opponents say the dam will damage the biodiversity of two tributaries of the Mekong River and devastate the livelihoods and homes of thousands of people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fort Nelson First Nation and Chevron Canada Natural Gas Agreement

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – An Agreement and Memorandum of Future Understanding was signed between the Fort Nelson First Nation and Chevron Canada Limited.The Agreement related to Chevron’s natural gas exploration, appraisal and development activities on the Fort Nelson First Nations Traditional Territory will be the cooperation of both the First Nations and Chevron. In the spirit of mutual respect, and recognition to support responsible and sustainable economic development in a way that protects the Traditional Territory.“Chevron values the importance of learning from and respecting the cultures of the Fort Nelson First Nation. We are committed to working with Fort Nelson First Nation to develop natural gas resources in their Traditional Territory that provides economic benefits while protecting the environment and culture for future generations.” said the President of Chevron Canada Ltd, Frank Cassulolast_img read more

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Lessons from Tehri

first_imgSustainable approaches for urban water sanitation have gained firmer voices and more spaces for implementation in recent years. But some issues in our water management systems persist. One of them is the excessive dependence on water supply. Most urban areas have resorted to importing water from further and further away. Many large Indian cities have to source water from long distances, ranging between 50 and 200 kilometres due to exhaustion of remaining sources or pollution in nearby ones. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlong with an increased cost of raw water and losses due to leakage, such methods are ecologically unsustainable. The example of Tehri dam highlights this clearly. Popularised in national imagery as the tallest dam in Asia and as a technological feat, the dam supplies water to Delhi, situated about 300 km away. At 260.5 metres, the structure was built upon the waters of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana tributaries of the Ganga. The river has been embedded in the cultural cosmology and livelihoods of the local population. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Tehri jheel (lake), which formed as a result of this dam, submerged nearly 55 square kms of the fertile river valley. In Garhwal, where over 70 per cent population depends on agriculture for livelihood and only 12 per cent land can be used for cultivation, this proved to be calamitous. Even before the dam began functioning in 2006, it had submerged the town of Tehri and affected close to 125 villages. This led to the displacement of over 1 lakh people. But the sequence of such displacements continues due to silting and landslides along the reservoir’s periphery. The region is situated along the highly active Lower Himalayan fault line, where earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.5 or greater are highly probable. A study carried out by the National Geophysical Research Institute in 2012 found smaller earthquakes in a radius of 20 km linked to changes in reservoir levels at the Tehri dam. These added to the already existing menace of landslides which were common in the area due to deforestation and incessant constructions. There are several Tehris in the pipeline. To avoid this we must encourage knowledge which leads away from incessant supply of water. India’s future water needs stand compromised due to overdependence on conventional water supply and consumption frameworks. This demands a renewed focus on an inclusive approach towards urban water management. So, when the water gushes out of our taps next time, let’s be aware of its journey. (Saakshi Joshi is a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Water-Waste Management Unit, CSE. Her current work includes capacity building and policy research for urban water and sanitation management. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Kerry hopes for ‘transparent’ Egypt referendum

first_imgKUWAIT CITY – US State Secretary John Kerry said he hopes Egypt’s constitutional referendum, in which voting ends Wednesday, will be a “transparent and accountable” process.If there is strong support for the new charter, that may launch a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.“Our hope is that it will be a process that is transparent and accountable and one that can give confidence to people that they are going down the road that has been promised. But we don’t know yet,” Kerry said in Kuwait, where he attended a Syria donors conference. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Tuesday that regardless of the outcome of the referendum “it will be important for the interim government to foster a positive environment for civil society.”It must also protect the rights of political activists, she added, as she voiced concerns about outbreaks of deadly violence after the two-day referendum started.Washington froze some of  its aid to Egypt, most of which is military, after the toppling of Morsi. It insisted that the military-installed leadership put the country back on the path to democracy.But Congress is poised to adopt legislation that could give President Barack Obama the authority to re-instate some $1.5 billion (1.1 billion euros) in frozen aid to Egypt.last_img read more

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