Mysuru Cleanest City In India
- Mysuru has been ranked first in terms of cleanliness again after 2014, followed by Chandigarh, Tiruchirappalli and NDMC area of the national capital, according to a QCI survey.
- The rankings of the Swachh Survekshan Survey, conducted by Quality Council of India, were announced by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu here. Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimpri-Chindwad (Maharashtra) were also among the top ten clean cities.
- The least clean cities included Dhanbad, Asansol Itanagar, Patna, Meerut, Raipur, Ghaziabad, Jamshedpur, Varanasi and Kalyan Dombivili. As part of "Swachh Bharat Mission", the survey was commissioned across 73 cities, including 51 cities that have a population of over 10 lakh each and 22 capital cities that do not have that much population.
- Naidu said cities from South and West continue to do well overall but those in other parts of the country, particularly, in the North are beginning to catch up with the traditional leaders. "This is meant to help the cities know where they stand in absolute terms and in relation to others besides what more needs to be done by each city to ensure sanitation.
- In that sense, the survey is more holistic, participatory, purposeful and meaningful for future guidance and evolving course of action," he said. Naidu said the results of the survey were analysed to identify the top leaders, aspiring leaders, cities where accelerated efforts need to be made and the slow movers.
Nepal To Buy 600 MW Energy From India
- Unveiling an ambitious energy security plan, the Nepalese government has proposed to import 600 MW energy from India to lessen its increasing power woes.
- Though Nepal at present imports 230 MW from India, according to a Nepalese official, India will sell 80 mw electricity to the country from 16 feb via newly installed 400 KV Mujjafarpur-Dhalkebar transmission line.
- An announcement was made on 15 feb to import electricity from India after the Indian nodal agency NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam agreed to sell power at Rs.5.5 per unit (IRs.3.44) to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).
- Earlier, the Nepal Electricity Authority, the state-owned sole utility for power generation and distribution, said different power tariff proposed by India-assigned NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam and Power Trading Corporation (PTC) to Nepal had hit roadblock to import electricity from India.
Australia Crush New Zealand With Day To Spare
- Australia inflicted a crushing innings defeat on New Zealand with a day to spare in the first Test in Wellington when they dismissed the home side for 327 on 15 feb. In a Test that will be remembered for two majestic innings by Adam Voges and Usman Khawaja, as well as an umpiring howler, Australia won by an innings and 52 runs.
- Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood all shared the spoils as the last six New Zealand wickets fell for 149 on day four. New Zealand had been set a target of 379 just to get in credit in their second innings after Voges" 239 set up Australia's first innings of 562.
- The recognised New Zealand batsmen made starts, but were unable to turn them into big scores. After getting to 218-7 it was left to the last three batsmen to add 109 runs. Tim Southee was in a one-day mood with 48 off 23 and Mark Craig contributed an unbeaten 33.
- At the top of the order, Tom Latham scored 63 and Henry Nicholls, on debut, added 59 while Martin Guptill made 45 and Kane Williamson 22. Williamson and BJ Watling are renowned as doughty batsmen capable of occupying the crease for a long time but neither was able to live up to their reputation in the face of a tight bowling attack.
- Lyon occupied one end with his off-breaks and the quicks were rotated at the other with a plan for each of the batsmen. Watling has featured in two world-record stands for the sixth wicket at the Basin Reserve in the past two years.
- He batted for 510 minutes with Brendon McCullum in a 352 -run stand that saved a Test against India in 2014 and last year batted for 479 minutes in an unbeaten 365-run stand with Williamson to beat Sri Lanka.
- (AFP) Brief scores: Australia 562 (Voges 239, Khawaja 140, Smith 71) beat New Zealand 183 (Hazlewood 4-42, Lyon 3-32) and 327 (Latham 63, Nicholls 59, Lyon 4-91, Marsh 3-73) by an innings and 52 runs.
Shooters, Boxers, Judokas Shine
- The boxers hardly broke a sweat to scoop all the seven gold medals up for grabs, while shooters ended their campaign with an outstanding tally of 25 gold medals to ensure that India's reign at the top remained unhindered at the 12th South Asian Games, here on 15 feb.
- On the penultimate day of competitions, the Indian contingent continued to be perched at the top with 299 medals (181 gold, 88 silver and 30 bronze). Sri Lanka were second on the table with 181 medals (25 gold, 60 silver and 96 bronze, followed by Pakistan with 100 medals (11 gold, 35 silver and 55 bronze).
- Besides, the boxers and shooters" good show, the judokas grabbed seven gold and a silver in a near sweep while India also bagged both the yellow metals in men's and women's kabbadi as well as in men's and women's handball in a complete domination yet again. The Indian women's football team also won a gold medal, defeating Nepal 4-0 in the summit clash.
- Their men's counterparts, however, lost to Nepal 1-2 to settle for a silver. The boxers were the stars of the show today in Shillong with all the seven men in the final notching up mostly comprehensive victories. Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) began India's gold rush when he thrashed Pakistan's Mohib Ulla at the SAI campus in North Eastern Hill University on the outskirts of the city.
- The London Olympics quarterfinalist was adjudged the winner on a split decision of 2-1. Next man in was 35-year-old former national champion Madan Lal (52kg) and he too prevailed over another Pakistani opponent in Mohammad Syed Asif to be adjudged 3-0 winner.
- World No.2 and World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) was the fan favourite of the day and he impressed the boisterous crowd to prevail over Sri Lankan W Ruwan Thilina.
- India retain men, women's kabaddi gold Defending champions India today maintained their supremacy in kabbadi by clinching gold in both men's and women's events at the 12th South Asian Games, here on 15 feb.
- Indian men beat arch rivals Pakistan 9-7 in a closely fought thrilling summit clash, while their women counterparts hardly broke a sweat in defending their gold medal which they had won in the previous edition by thrashing Bangladesh 36-12 in the final.
Suarez Hat-Trick In Barcelona's Easy Win
- Striker Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as FC Barcelona produced a second half avalanche of goals to beat a tired Celta Vigo 6-1 in the Camp Nou Stadium to remain at top of the La Liga. Lionel Messi put Barcelona ahead in the first half on Sunday but John Guidetti levelled from the penalty spot before the break.
- Then Suarez sprang into action with goals in the 59th, 75th and 81st minutes to kill off the game before late goals from Ivan Rakitic and Neymar put the icing, reports Xinhua. Fernando Torres scored after one minute for Atletico Madrid away to Getafe to help the team 1-0.
- Atletico have not conceded a goal in their last 11 games against their local rivals, while scoring 23 themselves. Real Madrid kept themselves in the title hunt after an exciting 4-2 win at home to Athletic Club Bilbao, who deserved more for their courage and football, but were undone by Madrid's firepower.
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the third minute and Athletic drew level through Javi Erraso, but just as they were playing their best football, James Rodriguez scored with a shot from nowhere and Tony Kroos made it 3-1 on the stroke of halftime.
Maha Needs More Research Centres To Boost Start-Ups: Tata
- The government should provide young entrepreneurs with more research centres to fuel innovation as that's a must to develop a conducive environment for start-ups in Maharashtra, noted industrialist Ratan Tata said.
- "Apart from IITs and other institutes we have here, which are a source of innovation for young people, we need research centres to encourage innovation," Tata said at the "Make In India Week" here on 15 feb. "Maharashtra, in every other way, has what it takes.
- What it needs perhaps (are) industrial parks with all the benefits like the Silicon Valley where young people (move) to immediately establish their dream," he added. Tata underlined the need for white-collared environment with skills, space and ease of entering the business, connectivity and availability of innovation, which are all essential for the start-up sector.
- According to him, a financial sector that doesn"t look at just bankable propositions, but good ideas, would help attract more start-ups to set up in the state. While Maharashtra has grown at a fast pace over the years, where it has failed is infrastructure, which has not kept pace with the level of growth, he claimed.
- The Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus, however, said, "This government and chief minister have displayed a vision of resolving that, looking at it holistically and providing the balance which is necessary for growth."
- He emphasised on agriculture, terming it "as important as the business sector, infrastructure". "We need connectivity, both electronic as well as physical, and the government policy that facilitates growth," he said.