Vigilantes kill BJP worker carrying cows in Karnataka 5 killed in horrific car crash on WEH
India’s PV Sindhu on Thursday swept aside Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the women’s singles badminton semifinals at the Rio Olympics on Thursday, assuring the country of a second medal — at least a silver — after wrestler Sakshi Malik’s bronze.
With this, Sindhu has become the first Indian shuttler to enter an Olympic final. Earlier, grappler Sakshi came through the repechage rounds in the 58kg class before rallying brilliantly from 0-5 down in the bronze medal bout, upstaging Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 8-5.
In the battle of the 21-year-old shuttlers, Sindhu first wore down Okuhara before sealing her fate in the second game to get India its second Olympic badminton medal after Saina Nehwal’s bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. The world No 10 will take on Spaniard Carolina Marin — the world No 1 — in Friday’s final.
The Hyderabad girl executed the strategy devised by her coach, former All-England champion P Gopichand, against Okuhara — the world No 6 — to perfection. She stayed ahead in the closely fought first game, using her reach to push the shorter Okuhara to the back court and then executing drop and cross-court shots to score points. Sindhu proved
A BJP worker was killed by members of a right-wing vigilante group here on Wednesday night, the first such attack on a member of the saffron party by so-called cow protectors.
Praveen Poojary, 28 and 20-year-old Akshay Devadiga were surrounded by more than 17 people who stopped their vehicle carrying cattle near Hebri town.
“Hindu Jagarana Vedike members accused them of taking the calves to a slaughter house... Poojary succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Brahmavara,” Udupi district superintendent of police KT Balakrishna said, according to PTI.
Protection of cow, regarded by Hindus as a holy animal, has become a political issue after vigilantes — several of them linked to Sangh Parivar organisations — have attacked and killed people on suspicion of killing the animal or consuming its meet.
On Thursday, a town in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district turned tense after nearly 150kg of suspected cow meat was seized and two Muslims, including a 60-yearold woman, were arrested.
The Union government has begun a crackdown on cow protection vigilante groups after the Prime Minister broke his silence on the string of attacks and said earlier this month that “those in the business of gau raksha (cow protection) anger me”. unstoppable in the second game as she ran her opponent ragged. In the end, there was little fight left in Okuhara, and Sindhu — who held 10 match points — executed an easy smash to seal her victory.
If the Indian shuttler beats Marin in the final, it will get the country only its second individual Olympic gold after shooter Abhinav Bindra won the 10m air rifle in Beijing eight years ago.
The brilliant display of the two-time world bronze medallist, who upstaged Chinese world No 2 Wang Yihan in the quarterfinals, also signalled India’s coming of age in a sport. Sindhu’s mother, P Vijaya, was optimistic about her chances in the final. “We have been going to the temple every day, and we will do so even tomorrow. She will win by God's grace,” she said.
Five friends in their early 20s, out on a late night drive, were killed when their speeding car crashed into a tree on the Western Express Highway near Vile Parle on Thursday.
The accident took place sometime before 5am near Centaur bridge on the southbound stretch of the highway. The victims were identified as Muzammil Makhnojia, 22, who was driving the car, Dilip Solanki,21, Junaid Soni,22, Rashida Shaikh,25 and Afsar Ali Khan, 22.
The speed made the impact of the crash enormous and the fire brigade had to pull the bodies out of the mangled remains of the vehicle.
An initial probe showed no other vehicle was involved in the crash. Police sources said Makhnojia may have dozed off at the wheel as they were driving late at night. Makhnojia has been booked for rash driving and the police took the victims’ blood samples to check for alcohol. “They were speeding, the driver lost control and the car hit the footpath. SEVERE IMPACT The car then skid for 20 metres and crashed into the tree,” said a police official who was at the spot.