29-Year-Old Becomes First Pak Woman To Join Bomb Disposal Unit
- PESHAWAR : A 29-year-old woman from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become the first Pakistani female to join the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) in the restive province that frequently witnesses terror attacks. Rafia Qaseem Baig, who joined police force as a constable seven years ago, will work in BDU after completing her 15-day training along with 31 other male members at Nowshera's School of Explosive Handling, media reports said. During her training, she will learn about the types of bombs, their identification and ways to defuse them. Rafia, who belongs to a highly educated family, said a blast near a sessions court seven years ago motivated her to join the force.
- She completed her master's degree in International Relations. She then pursued another master's degree in Economics and worked at International Rescue Committee where she developed a passion for law and enrolled in an LLB programme that is currently under way. Given her academic qualifications, she was offered jobs in many companies and non-government organisations. However, she chose to join police force in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when extremists were overtly targeting security forces. After her appointment, she was asked to undergo training sessions in areas including Adezai, Michni and Salman Khel in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
- These were the declared red zones at that time. She spent 10 days patrolling these localities with a large number of male police personnel. Rafia was also the only female member of an investigation team that rescued Lady Reading Hospital physician, Dr Intikhab Alam, 48 hours after his abduction in 2010. She says the police force is not just a profession. It's a passion and inspiration for those who have a spirit of devotion for the country.
China Launches New Generation Weather Satellite
- BEIJING : China has launched a new weather satellite marking an upgrade of its meteorological satellites in geostationary orbit. The Fengyun-4 satellite, the first of China's second-generation weather satellites in geostationary orbit to have been launched, is also the country's first quantitative remote-sensing satellite in highest orbit. The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China's Sichuan Province last night, was taken into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, state run Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.
- The launch marked the 242nd mission of China's Long March series of rockets. The satellite will make high time, spatial and spectral resolution observations of the atmosphere, clouds and space environment of China and surrounding regions, significantly improving capabilities of weather and climate forecasts, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. The China Meteorological Administration is the primary user of the satellite. Previously, China had successfully launched 14 weather satellites, seven of which are still in orbit.
Australian Journeyman Brazel Wins Hong Kong Open
- HONG KONG : Australian journeyman Sam Brazel prevailed in a tense final hole shoot-out with runnerup Rafa Cabrera Bello to win the Hong Kong Open by a stroke and capture his first European Tour title on Sunday. The 480th-ranked Brazel struck a sublime approach shot from 175 yards to within eight feet of the flag and calmly rolled in the winning birdie after his Spanish rival missed a longer putt by inches on a glorious afternoon at Fanling. Doused with champagne and mobbed by his caddy and friends, Brazel's victory in the co-sanctioned event earned the 37-year-old 311,844 euros ($329,000) and a two-year exemption on the Tour. "It's been a long time coming but yeah, stoked," said an overwhelmed Brazel, cradling the trophy after shooting a two-under 68 to finish with a 13-under total of 267. "I'd love to come over to Europe, it'd be a great privilege."
- Fellow Australian Andrew Dodt finished third on 11-under with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, while US Masters champion Danny Willett shot a 66 to finish sixth. Joint overnight leader with Cabrera Bello, Brazel fell off the pace with bogeys on the sixth and ninth holes but played flawlessly on the back nine. He drained three successive birdies from the 11th to roar back into contention and jostled with a group of five at the top of a crowded leaderboard over the closing holes. Cabrera Bello's hopes of a first European title in four years appeared bleak early after he dropped three strokes on the seventh and eighth holes. But he dug deep with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to reel in Brazel on the last.
- Dodt also grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie on the par-four 17th but rued a wayward tee shot on the last that left him with a long par putt he was unable to save. Despite never finishing higher than fourth on the Asian Tour, the bulky Brazel was a model of composure as he upstaged a host of marquee names and saved his best golf for last. "It wouldn't say I got it out of the middle but I'm pretty stoked where it finished, I tell you," said Brazel of his stunning six-iron approach on the 18th. Former US Open champion Justin Rose shot 69 to finish joint 36th on two-under, while fellow Englishman Ian Poulter capped a forgettable week with a 74 that left him five-over for the tournament.
Tevez Double Leads Boca To 4-2 Victory At River
- BUENOS AIRES : A brilliant Carlos Tevez scored twice in the final half hour as Boca Juniors came from 2-1 down to beat River Plate 4-2 at El Monumental in a thrilling Argentine 'superclasico' on Sunday. The victory put Boca top of Primera A with 28 points from 13 matches, one point ahead of Estudiantes, who lost 3-2 at San Martin, and San Lorenzo, who beat Union 3-2 on Saturday. "I had a great match," said Tevez, who may have played his last superclasico as he mulls over a 40 million euro ($42.18 million) offer from China's Shanghai Shenhua. "The Boca fans know I would die for this shirt." Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said Tevez was a key component of his team and is hoping to persuade him to stay at least until the end of the season in June.
- "I'll talk with him, he knows what we want," Barros Schelotto said. "We built a team around him. Let the Chinese wait another six months." Boca have now won three matches in a row, scoring 10 goals, since the return of playmaker Fernando Gago from a long injury layoff. River coach Marcelo Gallardo made two controversial substitutions early in the second half when his team led 2-1 and handed the initiative back to Boca. Gallardo took off playmaker Andres D'Alessandro and striker Sebastian Driussi with an eye on next Thursday's Copa Argentina final against Rosario Central, which will hand the winners a place in next year's South American Copa Libertadores.
- Tevez equalised in the 62nd minute when he took advantage of a terrible error by young goalkeeper Augusto Batalla, who charged out of the box but missed his tackle on the striker. The former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker then curled a superb shot into the top far corner in the 82nd minute before substitute Ricardo Centurion completed the victory in added time. Tevez had also laid on the opening goal in one of the best superclasicos in recent memory, for Walter Bou in the 14th minute. River though had turned the score round after a brilliant volley from Driussi, the championship's leading scorer with nine goals, in the 35th minute and a header from fellow striker Lucas Alario five minutes later.
Junior Hockey World Cup : India Beat England 5-3, Virtually In Quarters
- LUCKNOW : Favourites India continued their strong showing in the men's Junior Hockey World Cup as they scored a dominating 5-3 win over England in a Pool D encounter to virtually secure a place in the quarter-finals on Saturday. India, who had earlier spanked Canada 4-0 in their tournament-opener, scored two goals in the first half through Parvinder Singh (24th minute) and Armaan Qureshi (35th) before finding the net thrice in the second half, courtesy Harmanpreet Singh (37th), Simranjeet Singh (45th) and Varun Kumar (59th). However, it was England who drew the first blood through Jack Clee (10th) before pumping in two late goals from Will Calnan (63rd) and Edward Horler(67th). The Indians were slow to get of the blocks as England defence hardly gave any space to the home team forwards in the initial few minutes of the match.
- India had the first shy at the goal in the third minute when Sumit showed fine stick work to dodge a few English defenders and cut inside the opposition circle from the right only to find the side netting with his reverse shot. England took lead against the run of play in the 10th minute from a counter attack through Clee's field strike. The goal, which stunned the entire stadium, came as a wake-up call for the Indians who thereafter did not concede an inch to the opponents. Pressing hard in search of the equaliser, India earned their first penalty corner in the 23rd minute. Varun Kumar's try from the set piece was saved by the English defence but from the resultant attack Parvinder drew level from a move that was set up by skipper Harjeet Singh. Thereafter, it was India all over as they secured back-to-back penalty corners but failed to utilise.
- Armaan made the scoreline 2-1 in favour of India just at the stroke of half time. Unmarked inside the circle, he just had to dab the ball inside the goal after being set up by Harjeet's cross from the left flank which got slight deflection from the stick of Parvinder. In the final seconds of the first half, England managed to earn their first penalty corner of the match, but they fumbled as India went into half time leading 2-1. India continued in the same vein after the change of ends and earned their fourth penalty corner with the opening move of the second half and Harmanpreet rose to the occasion to extend the home team's lead. Next it was Simranjeet's turn to register his name in the scoresheet. The move was initiated by Harjeet who intercepted the ball in the mid-half and then passed it on to Gujrant who set it up for Simranjeet to push the ball in an open goal.
- Dragflicker Varun then made the scoreline 5-1 favour by converting India's fifth penalty corner. Towards the end England went full throttle and were also rewarded with two goals -- first through Calnan's field strike and then through a penalty corner conversion by Horler. But that was all England could manage as India thereafter managed to hold on to their two goal cushion to pocket full three points from their encounter. India are now leading Pool D with six points from two wins and next play South Africa on December 12. England are placed second with three points from two games and will finish off the pool engagements against lowly Canada on December 13.