Indian Wrestlers Win 8 Gold, 8 Silver In C'wealth C'ship
- India continued their rich run in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships by winning eight gold medals and as many silver here today. India won five gold medals in freestyle through Harful, Bajrang, Jitender, Sandeep, Deepak and Arun. The three gold medals in greco-roman came from Ravinder, Krishan and Sachin. Results (Freestyle): Harful gold and Vikas silver in 61kg; Bajrang gold and Rahul Maan silver in 65kg; Jitender gold and Sandeep Kate silver in 74kg; Deepak gold and Arun silver in 86kg; Hitender gold and Krishan silver in 125kg.
- Greco Roman Style: Ravinder gold and Krishan silver in 59kg; Dipak gold and Rafiq silver in 71kg; Hardeep gold and Sachin silver in 98kg. Yesterday, Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar, Amit Dhankar and Satyawart Kadian bagged gold medals in their respective men's freestyle categories.Sandeep won the gold in men's 57kg freestyle by defeating Pakistan's Mohammad Bilal 6-0. Dhankar clinched the yellow metal in 70kg category.
Pacquiao Reclaims WBO Title For 3rd Time
- Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization welterweight title for the third time with a unanimous decision victory over former champion Jesse Vargas in his comeback fight today. The 37-year-old Pacquiao systematically dismantled the former welterweight champion despite Vargas" size and reach advantage. He used a short right-handed counterpunch to floor Vargas in the second round en route to a one-sided win in front of a crowd of 16,132 at the Thomas & Mack Center. "I feel happy," Pacquiao said. "I"m trying every round to knock him down but also not be careless.
- " Pacquiao, 59-6 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, showed he still has a lot left in the tank but he failed to get the knockout victory that has eluded him for the past seven years. All three judges scored the bout for Pacquiao, two of them by 118-109 and the other by 114-113. Pacquiao won the WBO title for the first time in 2010 when he beat Miguel Cotto. He lost it two years later to Timothy Bradley, then got it back by winning the rematch with Bradley in 2014. He then lost it last year to the now-retired Floyd Mayweather, who had a front row seat for Saturday's bout. "Yes I invited him to come tonight," Pacquiao said of Mayweather.
Thakur Ready To Meet Lodha Panel After November 9
- BCCI president Anurag Thakur has written a letter to the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha panel, intimating them that he is ready to meet the members any day after November 9. A reliable BCCI source confirmed the development. "Yes, the president has informed the Panel that he is ready to meet post Wednesday. In his affidavit also, he had already apologised that he could not appear before the committee as the Monsoon session of Parliament was on at that point of time," a BCCI official in know of things told PTI today.
- During the meeting last August, Secretary Ajay Shirke had appeared before the panel. It has been learnt that both Thakur and Shirke will meet the panel together to discuss the implementation of the recommendations. In fact, Thakur filed a 19-point Compliance Report as per Supreme Court's directions, in which he stated about the practical difficulties in implementing the Lodha Committee reforms in totality. Thakur in his affidavit has stated since neither he nor the secretary (Shirke) have a vote, they cannot force the members units) to accept the recommendations.
- In fact the freezing of annual grants has not been able to deter the state units who still maintain that BCCI is being run by Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act. Some of the major objections raised by the BCCI are One-State One Vote (Mumbai, Baroda, Railways etc lose voting rights), age cap of 70 years, One person-One Post, three-year cooling off period, three national selectors to name a few.
Focus On Complex & Lengthy US Electoral Process As D-day Nears
- With just two days to go for US polls, the focus is on the complex and lengthy electoral processes in the world's oldest democracy that are vastly different from how leaders are elected in India, which is the largest democracy. The electoral fight between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton has captured international attention, with American media describing the heated 2016 presidential election as the most unconventional in the country's history.
- This presidential election saw a campaign in which sober policy discussion has been drowned by personal insults and base offensives. This year, the Republican field began with a long list of 17 candidates, including Indian-origin Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The Democratic field, on the other hand, was not as crowded, with just Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders in the race. The candidate who accumulates a majority of his or her party"s delegates during the months-long process wins the nomination. In 2016, the Democratic candidate had to secure at least 2,382 out of 4,763 delegates to become the party's nominee while the Republican candidate had to secure at least 1,237 out of the 2,472 delegates.
- Voters select presidential electors, who in turn, will vote for the new president and vice president on November 8 through the Electoral College. Electors are apportioned to each of the 50 states as well as to the District of Columbia (also known as Washington, DC). The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled, while the 23rd Amendment grants the District of Columbia the same number of electors as the least populous state, currently three. Therefore, in total, there are currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia. It may be noted that electoral members are not members of US Congress.