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World medallists Manju Rani, Jamuna Boro storm in semis of  Women’s National Boxing Championships

  Harpal  Singh Bedi

Hisar: Silver medal winner at the World Championships Manju Rani scored a decisive 5-0 win over Punjab’s Minakshai to enter the 48kg semi-finals in the 5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships on Monday.

The 21-year-old Manju, who is representing RSCB  outpunched her opponent from Punjab completely reducing the bout to a virtual no contest.

In another  48kg category quarter-finals, Tamil Nadu’s S Kalaivani, blanked Himachal Pradesh’s Jyotika Bisht by a similar margin Assam’s Jamuna Boro, entered the last-4 stage in the 54kg category with a dominating 5-0 win over Gayatri Kasnyal of Uttarakhand. The 2019 World Championships bronze medallist Jamuna was too quick for Gayatri, who often found herself on the wrong foot while attempting to evade Jamuna’s jabs.

In the 52kg category, the 2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist Telangana’s Nikhat Zareen put up an impressive show against Assam’s Manju Basumatary and made her way into the semi-finals with a comfortable 5-0 victory.

In the 54 kg category  RSPB’s Shiksha outperformed the reigning youth world champion Babyrojisana Naorem of Manipur 5-0 to progress into the semis. 

In the 50kg category, Punjab’s Komal continued her fine showing and entered the semis after beating Maharashtra’s Anjali Gupta 5-0.

The gold and silver medallists will earn themselves a place in the national coaching camp. The remaining two names for the camp in each category will be selected on the basis of performances in the selection trials, which will take place right after the nationals.


Winning start by  favourite  Manju Rani  at the 5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships

Harpal  Singh Bedi

Hisar:   World Championships silver medalist Manju Rani started her campaign in the  48 kg category with a resounding win as she pulverized  Orissa’s Bhabani Barik  5-0  at the 5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at St Joseph’s International School here on Saturday.

Manju,  representing Railway Sports Promotion Board'(RSCB )lived up to the expectations as she dominated the ring throughout the contest giving no quarter to her rival.

Haryana’s Nitu also produced an equally flawless performance as she beat Rajasthan’s Swasti Arya by a similar margin in another one-sided bout in the 48kg category.

Meanwhile, in the second round of the 50kg category, Punjab’s Komal and Andhra Pradesh’s Ramya Guduru registered hard-fought victories. While Komal recovered well in time against Madhya Pradesh’s Deepa Kumar to win 3-2, Andhra Pradesh’s Ramya Guduru defeated Uttar Pradesh’s Rinky Kishor 4-1.

Earlier, during the bouts played late on the second day, two-time Asian champion Pooja Rani started her campaign with a comfortable 5-0 win against All India Police’s Pinki 5-0. Pooja, who hails from the Bhiwani district, had represented India at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Since the resumption of sports in India post Covid-19 pandemic, this is the sixth national championships that the BFI has organized, following the successful conduction of junior, youth, and men’s national events. 

Sony Entertainment Television picks Bhopal to shoot upcoming show – ‘Kaamnaa’ – Where aspirations and principles will meet face to face

Ashish Kurl

Bhopal: Sony Entertainment Television’s upcoming show ‘Kaamnaa’ – jahan hoga khwaahishon aur usoolon ka aamna saamna (Where aspirations and principles will meet face to face) is being shot in Bhopal -the picturesque capital of the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh.

Sony Entertainment Television has always been at the forefront of showcasing content packaged with the right mix of drama and entertainment for the audiences. 

Sony Entertainment Television is bringing yet another engaging narrative through the upcoming show ‘Kaamnaa’ – “jahan hoga khwaahishon aur usoolon ka aamna saamna” (where aspirations and principles will meet face to face). It promises to strike the right chord with the Sony’s most discerning and widespread audience .

The show starring Chandni Sharma and Abhishek Rawat in the lead roles, takes the viewers on a heartfelt journey of a middle-class couple – Manav and Akanksha with different ideologies. The entire team is now shooting in Bhopal.

Produced by Cockcrow and Shaika Entertainment, Kaamnaa is set to premiere soon only on Sony Entertainment Television. Set against the backdrop of Bhopal, Kaamnaa is a story about the constant struggles faced by middle-class families when it comes to values and aspirations. With Manav and Akanksha’s journey, the show captures the contrasting ideologies of the couple where Manav believes in living an honest life based on his principles and on the other hand, Akanksha, much like her name, has big dreams and desires to move away from the stereotypical middle-class life and lead a lavish lifestyle.

Showcasing the middle-class dichotomy with Manav and Akanksha’s story, Kaamnaa will make the viewers question if money can buy happiness or is love enough to lead a happy life? What will happen when Akanksha’s aspirations clash with Manav’s principles? Watch #Kaamnaa, jahan hoga khwaahishon aur usoolon ka aamna saamna, jald hi sirf Sony TV par!

Abhishek Rawat – portrays the character of Manav
Manav is a simple and content middle class guy who loves his family. He is a man of principles and stands by it. Manav’s grounded character and beliefs mirrors every common man’s thinking. Kaamnaa as a show brings alive a refreshing concept with Manav and Akanksha’s journey that is rooted in the reality of the Indian households, making it relatable. Hope the audience enjoy watching the show as I am really excited for this journey. Also, shooting in Bhopal has been enjoyable. It is a beautiful city that has always had my heart. I am happy to be back to the city to shoot for our show because the warmth and hospitality the city has to offered is unmatched.

Chandni Sharma – portrays the character of Akanksha
Like most millennials, my character, Akanksha, who true to her name is a strong headed woman with big desires of living a luxurious life while moving away from the ordinary way of living.  I am thrilled to have gotten the chance to play a character that resonates with the young generation who dares to dream, find happiness in the grandeur of living life king size, and believes that there is nothing wrong in wanting a little extra. Through Akanksha and Manav’s journey, Kaamnaa looks at a narrative that is no different from how most people lead their lives. This character is very different from my previous characters that I have essayed before and I hope I am able to justice to it. On top of it, shooting in Bhopal is like the cherry on the cake. It’s such a beautiful city, so green, with wonderful food. I won’t be lying when I say I have fallen in love with Bhopal!

High-Speed Expendable Aerial Target ABHYAS successfully flight-tested by DRDO

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Abhyas is designed & developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru

Bengaluru: ABHYAS – the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was successfully flight-tested Friday 21 October 2021 by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha.

The vehicle can be used as an aerial target for evaluation of various missile systems. The performance of the target aircraft was monitored through telemetry and various tracking sensors including Radars and Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS).

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful flight trial of Abhyas. The current flight test is carried out as a part of developmental flight trials. Expression of interest for production of the vehicle has already been floated to Indian industries. This indigenous target aircraft, once developed, will meet the requirements of High-speed Expendable Aerial Targets (HEAT) for Indian Armed Forces.

Ministry of Defence signs ₹ 423 Cr contract with US for procurement of Arms for Indian Navy

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract on 21 October 2021 with the US Government under Foreign Military Sale (FMS) for procurement of MK 54 Torpedo and Expendable (Chaff and Flares) for the Indian Navy at a cost of ₹ 423 Crores.

These weapons are the outfit of P-8I Aircraft which is used for Long range Maritime Surveillance, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASV).