Boxing: Mary Kom, Nikhat Zareen to meet in semis at 2nd India Open

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Nikhar Zareen

Guwahati: Six-time world champion Mary Kom and Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen set up a semi-final showdown in 51kg at the second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament at the Bordoloi Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Manju Rani, Monika and Kalavani also entered the 48kg semi-finals to confirm five medals for India on the second day of India’s premier boxing tournament and bring India’s total medal tally to 15.

Nepal’s Mala Rai was no match for the London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom who wasted no time in progressing into the last-four with a commanding 5-0 win.

Strandja Cup gold medallist Nikhat too was equally impressive with her flurry of punches against compatriot Anamika and registered a comfortable 5-0 victory.

Strandja Cup silver medallist Manju Rani kept attacking her opponent, Cleo Claveras Tesara of Philippines right from the start to earn a win by RSC (Referee Stop Contest) in Round 1 to move into the 48kg semi-finals. Monika was equally dominant in her quarter-final bout with Thailand’s Apaporn Intongsee to earn a 5-0 win.

Kalavani was deemed the winner by RSC in Round 2 over Bhutan’s Tandin Lhamo while Nitu did not enjoy the same fortunes and was blanked 0-5 by former world champion Josie Gabuco of Philippines.

10 Indian boxers had already confirmed medals even before the start of the event with 6 in men and 4 in women being placed in the semi-finals because of the smaller size of the draw.

On the men’s side, Brijesh Yadav and Sanjay are already into the 81kg semi-finals and so are Naman Tanwar and Sanjeet in 91kg and Satish Kumar and Atul Thakur in +91kg. In women’s, Lovlina Borgohain and and Anjali are already assured of medals in 69kg while Bhagyabati Kachari and Saweety Boora are through to the last-four in 75kg by virtue of a first round bye.

Earlier in the day, four Indian men pugilists made it to the quarter-finals. Pawan Kumar made short work of reigning Youth Olympic champion Brian Agustin Arregui of Argentina 4-1 for a place in the 69kg quarter-finals.

Promising Indian boxer Dinesh Dagar, who upset 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist at the GeeBee Boxing tournament recently, continued his fine form to notch up a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Marjon Angcon Pianar of Philippines in the 69kg. In 60kg, Ankit proved too strong for Ryan Boy Empoc Moreno of Philippines whom he blanked 5-0.

In 75kg, Manjeet Panghal got a walkover into the last-eight while Ashish lost 0-5 to Colin Louis Richarno.

The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C46 mission commenced today at 04:30 Hrs

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Shriharikota: The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C46 mission commenced today at 04:30 Hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled at 05:30 Hrs IST on May 22, 2019

PSLV-C46 which is the 48th mission of PSLV, will launch RISAT-2B, a Radar imaging earth observation satellite, from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled at 0530 hrs IST on May 22, 2019.

PSLV-C46 is the 14th flight of PSLV in ‘core-alone’ configuration (without the use of solid strap-on motors). This will be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota and 36th launch from the First Launch pad.

RISAT-2B will be placed into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degree.

As done in PSLV-C45 launch, ISRO has also made provision for public to view the launch from recently opened Viewer’s gallery at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

BJP wants Kamal Nath to prove majority in the Assembly

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Bhopal: On the conclusion of the seventh and final round of polling for the general election to the Lok Sabha and prediction by exit poll agencies on Sunday that Narendra Modi led NDA is returning to power at the Centre, politics has touched its peak in Madhya Pradesh with the leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Gopal Bhargava writing to the Governor demanding that Chief Minister Kamal Nath should prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly.

Stating that the Kamal Nath Government lacks majority, Bhargava has urged State Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress government’s strength”.

The Madhya Pradesh BJP unit Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government should prove majority in the Assembly.

 

Sonia Lather, Manisha, Sachin give home side a winning start at 2nd India Open

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Guwahati: World Championships silver medallist Sonia Lather (57kg), Asian Championships bronze medallist Manisha Moun (57kg) and former world youth champion Sachin Siwach (52kg) gave India a bright start as the second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament began here on Monday.

2017 World Youth Gold Medalist Jyoti won her first round match against Irish Ardiente Magno of Phillipines in a split decision 4-1 to advance in the second round of 2nd edition of India Open in Guwahati

2017 youth world champion Jyoti (51kg), 2018 world youth silver medallist Anamika (51kg) and Shashi Chopra (60kg) led the youth brigade to wins as all seven Indians emerged victorious on an opening day to move into the quarter-finals.

Sonia proved too strong for Nepal’s Chandra Kala Thapa and was declared a winner by unanimous decision to move into the 57kg quarter-finals.

Manisha, who won the bronze in the continental event in 54kg, continued her good form to notch up a 4-1 win over Nesthy Alcayde Petecio of Philippines and join Lather in the last-eight.

Having impressed at the GeeBee Boxing tournament this year with a bronze, the lanky Sachin Siwach used his height and exuded confidence with his flurry of punches to secure a flawless 5-0 win over Argentina’s Ramon Nicanor Quiroga.

In 60kg, Preeti Beniwal boosted her medal-winning hopes with a commanding 5-0 win over Nepal’s Sangita Sunar. Among the rising stars, Jyoti put up a spirited display in her 4-1 win over Irish Ardiente Magno of Philippines while Anamika was deemed the winner by virtue of RSC (Referee Stop Contest) over Filipino Claudine Decena Veloso in Round 3.

Shashi Chopra, youth world champion in 2017 in 57kg, made a seamless transition to 60kg to start off with a one-sided 5-0 victory over Tandin Choden over Bhutan.

Thailand’s two-time Olympian and former Asian champion Chatchai Decha Butdee asserted his supremacy in 56kg with a dominant 5-0 victory Nepal’s Surendra Rai.

On Day 2, some of the key bouts will feature Mary Kom, Nikhat Zareen in 51kg, local girl, Ankusihta Boro (64kg) and Ankit (60kg), Ashish (64kg) and Pawan Kumar (69kg) in men.

Key Results:

Sonia Lather (57kg) def Chandra Kala Thapa (Nepal) 5-0

Manisha (57kg) def Nesthy Alcayde Petecio (Philippines) 4-1

Jyoti (51kg) def Irish Ardiente Magno (Philippines) 4-1

Anamika (51kg) def Claudine Decena Veloso (Philippines) RSC (Round 3)

Shashi Chopra (60kg) def Tandin Choden (Bhutan) 5-0

Preeti Beniwal (60kg) def Sangita Sunar (Nepal) 5-0

Sachin (52kg) def Ramon Nicanor Quiroga (Argentina) 5-0

Chatchai Decha Butdee (56kg) (Thailand) def Surendra Rai (Nepal) 5-0