Svitolina Poised For Top 10 Breakthrough With Dubai Win
- DUBAI : Elina Svitolina queued up a possible breakthrough into a first-time top 10 ranking as she reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday with a 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Lauren Davis. The seventh seed, currently ranked 13th and winner of a fifth career title this month in Taipei, will line up on Friday against either top seed Angelique Kerber or Croatian Ana Konjuh after those two meet in a quarter-final at the Aviation club.
- Kerber can regain the WTA top ranking from Serena Williams with a trophy performance on Saturday after losing the top honour after the American won the Australian Open. "I'm really happy the way I started and the way I finished the match, I was being very aggressive and it worked really good," said Svitolina. "I was calm and positive today. I'm really happy with the performance. "I was expecting she would do something different after losing 0-6 - it's always tough. I was expecting her to come back to the game.
- "I was trying to stick to my plan and stay really positive. I knew that there would be some up-and-downs, but I tried to do more, more effort from my side so I didn't lose my focus too much." Latvian Anastasija Sevastova put out the week's last Chinese hope, defeating Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5 as the Asian lost her first sets of the week. Sevastova will wait for an opponent from tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki and teenaged American CiCi Bellis, who upset 2012 champion and fourth seed Agnieszka Radwandka in the third round.
Sameer Verma Reaches Career-Best 23rd In BWF World Rankings
- NEW DELHI : Sameer Verma, who clinched his maiden Grand Prix title at the Syed Modi International tournament last month, jumped 11 places to reach the 23rd spot in the latest BWF world ranking released on Thursday. The 22-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had clinched the National championship and also reached the finals of Hong Kong Super Series last year, now has 40,462 points. The best-placed Indian men's shuttler is Ajay Jayaram at the 19th spot while HS Prannoy is at the 21st spot after improving two places.
- Saina Nehwal, who clinched the Malaysia Masters to start the season on a winning note, slipped a place to stay at the 10th place, while PV Sindhu is static at the fifth spot in women's singles ranking. Mixed doubles combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy were placed at the 13th spot, while Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy were at the 23rd spot after gaining a place in men's doubles.
54 Schools Win Awards For Novel Healthcare Practices
- BENGALURU : Fifty-four schools were inducted into the Parikrma Address School Health Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Of the 73 that participated, these 54 demonstrated a commitment to addressing at least three domains of health in schools- timely check-ups, health education and mental illness.
- Eight schools were handed a certificate of innovation for novel practices in school healthcare - St Mary's Convent for its Swachh Paanch Abhiyan; Euro School, Chimney Hills, for trying to reduce the weight of school bags; VVR School for providing preventive dental services; DPS South for raising awareness among teachers about mental illnesses; Carmel Garden Public School for creating a nutritious meal timetable; Shiksha Sagar High School for efforts to make children 'life ready'; The South School for assessing the nutritional intak e of its students and Army Public School for monitoring students' physical fitness.
Aurangabad Hospital Successfully Performs Bone Marrow Transplant
- AURANGABAD : After earning distinction in the field of cadaver organ donations at the state level, the city is now also emerging as a hub for tissue transplant after a city-based private hospital successfully performed Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) on two patients. "We performed the BMT on two people — 25-year-old male and 55-year-old female — a few weeks ago. With this, we have become the first and only centre in Marathwada to provide such treatment," Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital CEO Shamim Khan said. He described the treatment as complete care from diagnosis to cure at one point to any patient suffering from either genetic or acquired disorder of blood. There exist two forms of BMT namely Autologous BMT and Allogeneic BMT and the Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital has performed the former procedure on two patients.
- "Autologous BMT is where patient's own stem cells are used while for Allogenic BMT, the stem cells are from a matched donor. Both procedures can offer cure to deadly diseases like blood cancers, lymphoma, myeloma and genetic diseases such as thalassemia and sickle cell anemia, among others," said Venkatesh Ekbote, consultant Hematologist at the hospital. He said a total of 20 disorders of blood and immune system, both inherited and acquired, can be treated using BMT. Elaborating upon the procedure, Ekbote said, "Through the BMT, stem cells are harvested from individual's blood after giving him or her growth factors in an entirely painless and harmless procedure called apheresis — much like blood transfusion.
- Thereafter, stem cell suspension are frozen and administered through a vein." Khan said that patients from Marathwada no longer need to travel to other metro cities such as BMT can now be performed in Aurangabad as well. "The overcall cost of the procedure is considerably less than what patients have to pay in other metro cities. We have formed a team of experts and set up the state-of-the-art facilities for performing the BMT in the easiest possible way," he said. It should be noted that Aurangabad has recently witnessed its first cadaver heart transplant outside Mumbai in Maharashtra with a state-run hospital performing two non-transplant organ retrieval processes in quick succession.
Indian Shot Dead By American Spewing Racial Slurs In Kansas
- WASHINGTON : An Indian engineer was killed and two others injured when an American man opened fire on them after allegedly yelling "get out of my country", with the local police calling it as a "possible hate crime". Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, working at the Garmin headquarters in Olathe, was killed in the shooting on Wednesday night, while another Indian and his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured. According to latest reports, Madasani has been discharged. One other identified as Ian Grillot was also injured in the shooting. The accused, Adam Purinton, 51, was arrested on Thursday morning, five hours after the incident.
- "It was a tragic and senseless act of violence," Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke told reporters. According to local media reports, he yelled "get out of my country" at the Indians. Purinton, a navy veteran, later reportedly told a bartender in Clinton, Missouri, where he was hiding that he killed two Middle Eastern persons, the Kansas City Star said. The Indian Embassy has swung into action and two senior officials of the Indian Consulate in Houston have been sent to Kansas to assist the victims' families. "Consul Ravindra Joshi and Vice Consul Harpal Singh rushed to Kansas to assist shooting victim. They are on their way and will reach by evening," the consulate said in a tweet. The accused has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and his bond has been set at USD 2 million. According to Garmin, Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked in the company's aviation systems.
- "We're saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night's (Wednesday night) incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved. Garmin will have grievance counsellors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow," Garmin said in a statement. The alleged hate crime has sent shocked waves among Indian-American and the Indian community across the United States. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibhotla," said Jay Kansara, director of Government Relations at Hindu American Foundation. "We are also praying for a speedy recovery for the injured. We call upon the US Department of Justice and local law enforcement to investigate this murder as what it is, a hate crime. "Anything less will be an injustice to the victims and their families," he said.
- Kansara said that the HAF thanks those who put themselves at risk to stop this attack or to bring the perpetrator to justice. "It is these acts of heroism in our communities that make America great," he said. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help raise funds for sending Kuchibhotla's remains to India. The shooting incident comes at a time when hate crimes and acts of bigotry have risen notably during the recent months in America. A Jewish cemetery was vandalised in St Louis, Missouri last week and the offices of Jewish civil society organisations have received bomb threats. A man was removed from a Chicago-Houston flight after levelling racist taunts at Pakistani and Indian passengers.